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voracious / ravenous / rapacious – having a huge appetite that cannot be satisfied Having run a marathon on an empty stomach, he had developed a voracious appetite. . callous – emotionally hardened; insensitive; unfeeling

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voracious / ravenous / rapacious – having a huge appetite that cannot be satisfied

    • Having run a marathon on an empty stomach, he had developed a voracious appetite.
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callous – emotionally hardened; insensitive; unfeeling

    • Although he was rather sensitive before joining the Army, four years of war have made John callous toward the feelings of others.
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intrepid / undaunted – courageous; resolute; fearless

    • The intrepid pilot attacked the heavily fortified battleship by himself.

Which the intrepid guy?

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nonchalant – having an air of casual indifference; coolly unconcerned; unflappable

    • Showing no emotion, the criminal appeared nonchalant as the judge sentenced him to 30 years in jail.
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convoluted – winding, twisting, and therefore difficult to understand; intricate

    • The longer the detectives questioned the suspect, the more convoluted his lies became until even he wasn’t sure what he was saying anymore.
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itinerant – migrating from place to place; not sedentary

    • Upon hearing that her parents were itinerant fruit pickers, we didn’t expect that the new student would be around the school for long.

Hunter gatherers

Migrant fruit pickers

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poignant – moving; touching; heartrending

  • I was struck by the movie’s poignant ending in which the main character died from the very disease he had spent his life attempting to eradicate.
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impetus – a stimulus or encouragement that results in increased activity

    • The news that a dangerous prisoner had escaped from nearby served as the impetus for a 500% increase in ammunition sales that week.
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bucolic / rustic / pastoral – characteristic of charming, unspoiled countryside and the simple, rural life

    • Tiring of the hectic pace of city life, the retirees moved to the bucolic countryside to live out their days in peace and quiet.

bucolic scene versus cityscape

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equanimity – calmness; composure; even-temperedness; poise

    • Refusing to be lured into an angry shouting match with his opponent, the politician maintained his equanimity throughout the debate.