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ad lib
(verb) to speak or perform without preparing previously, improvise

The teacher lost all of his teaching notes on the way to class and was forced to ad lib the lesson.

animosity animosity
(noun) strong hostility, hatred

For some reason, Max feels a lot of animosity toward Mary.

earnest earnest
(adjective) serious and sincere

Max made an earnest attempt to study for the exam, but it was too difficult for him.

epitome epitome
(noun) a perfect example

Some people feel that George Bush is the epitome of arrogance.

genre genre
(noun) a category or kind (usually of art, literature, or music)

Max's favorite film genres are action and comedy.

permeate permeate
(verb) to spread throughout (usually odor)

The stench of the rotten food permeated the entire building.

taciturn taciturn
(adjective) reserved, saying little

Max seems to be unusually taciturn today. Something must be bothering him.


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