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simile - comparison of one thing with another, using the word like or as
sordid - filthy; foul; base; vile; Ex. sordid bed/story
subdue - less intense; quieter; Ex. subdued lighting; Ex. subdue: conquer; make less intense; quiet; Ex. subdue one's anger
sophomoric - immature; half-baked; like a sophomore
paradox - something apparently contradictory in nature (that may nonetheless be true); statement that looks false but is actually correct
diversion - act of turning aside; pastime; V. divert: turn aside from a course; distract; amuse
defrock - strip a priest or minister of church authority; unfrock
doldrums - blues; listlessness(lack of spirit or energy); slack(inactive) period; period of stagnation; ocean area near the equator where ships cannot move because there is no wind; Ex. in the doldrums
threadbare - worn through till the threads show; shabby and poor; hackneyed; Ex. threadbare excuses
vicissitude - change (esp. from good to bad); change of fortune; CF. the last emperor of China