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1.Vacillate [Verb]   to keep changing your opinion or thoughts about sth, especially in a way that annoys other people

SYNONYMS: Fluctuate, hesitate, dither, falter, halt, shilly-shally, stagger, waver, whiffle, wiggle-waggle
eg: The country's leaders are still vacillating between confrontation and compromise.
2.Torpor [Noun] the state of not being active and having no energy or enthusiasm

SYNONYMS: lethargy, coma, dullness, hebetude, languor, lassitude, sleep, stupor, torpidity, torpidness

ANTONYMS: activity; animation
eg:In the heat they sank into a state of torpor.
3.Subliminal [Adj] 1: falling below the threshold of stimulation (as for nerve or muscle) : inadequate to produce a sensation or a perception : too small for discrimination

2 a : existing or functioning outside the area of conscious awareness : influencing thought, feeling, or behavior in a manner unperceived by personal or subjective consciousness eg:subliminal perception, the subliminal mind

b : designed to influence the mind on levels other than that of conscious awareness and especially by presentation too brief to be consciously perceived . eg:subliminal techniques in TV advertising SYNONYMS:Unconscious,imperceptible,unperceivable
4.Squander [verb] to waste money, time, etc. in a stupid or careless way:

SYNONYMS:waste, blow, consume, dissipate, fool (away), fritter, frivol away, prodigalize, throw away, trifle (away)
eg:My uncle squandered all his money on gambling. * She squandered her chances of winning.
5.Rhinestone [Noun] a colorless imitation stone of high luster made of glass, paste, or gem quartz
6.Scrutiny [Noun] careful and thorough examination:

SYNONYMS:Surveillance, examination, analysis, audit, check-over, inspection, perlustration, review, scan, survey, view
eg: Her argument doesn"t really stand up to scrutiny. * Foreign policy has come under close scrutiny recently.
7.Vindictive [Adj] having a bitterly vengeful character, disposed to seek revenge

SYNONYMS:revengeful, vengeful, wreakful

eg:He accused her of being vindictive. * a vindictive comment / person
8.Tritium [noun] an isotope of hydrogen with atomic weight 3 and a 12.5-year half-life, used in thermonuclear bombs
• Tritium oxide is often referred to as "heavy water"
• Molecules of tritium are created by bombarding hydrogen atoms with protons in a particle accelerator.
9.Superimpose [verb] ~ sth (on / onto sth)
1. to put one image on top of another so that the two can be seen combined:
eg:A diagram of the new road layout was superimposed on a map of the city.
2. to make a system or pattern combine with an existing system or pattern that contrasts with it SYNONYMS:Overlay,lay over, superpose
10.Ruthless [adj] (of people or their behaviour) hard and cruel; determined to get what you want and not caring if you hurt other people:
SYNONYMS:Cruel, grim, implacable, ironfisted, merciless, mortal, relentless, unappeasable, unflinching, unrelenting, unyielding
eg:a ruthless dictator * He has a ruthless determination to succeed. * We'll have to be ruthless if we want to make this company more efficient.
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