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kinetic - producing motion; of motion
balk - stop short, as if faced with an obstacle, and refuse to continue; foil; stop or get in the way of; frustrate
pessimism - belief that life is basically bad or evil; gloominess; tendency to take the gloomiest possible view of a situation; ADJ. pessimistic
controvert - oppose with arguments; attempt to refute; contradict; ADJ. controversial; N. controversy
oculist - physician who specializes in treatment of the eyes
caprice - whim; sudden change of mind without any real cause
forfeit - something surrendered as punishment for a crime or breach of contract; V: lose as a forfeit; N. forfeiture
verbose - wordy; N. verbosity
surveillance - close observation of a person (esp. one under suspicion); watching; guarding
rancor - long-lasting hatred; bitterness; Ex. negotiation without rancor; ADJ. rancorous