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conundrum /kəˈnʌndrəm/


  • a confusing and difficult problem or question
He is faced with the conundrum of trying to find a job without having experience
  • a question or problem having only a conjectural answer
the political conundrums involved, particularly the problem of how the richer areas … can be made to subsidize the poorer

profligate /ˈprɒflɪɡət/


  • recklessly extravagant or wasteful in the use of resources
profligate consumers of energy
  • licentious; dissolute.
he succumbed to drink and a profligate lifestyle


  • a licentious, dissolute person.
he is a drunkard and a profligate

veracity /vəˈrasɪti/


  • conformity to facts; accuracy.
officials expressed doubts concerning the veracity of the story
  • habitual truthfulness.
voters should be concerned about his veracity and character

extenuating /ɪkˈstɛnjʊeɪtɪŋ/


  • (of a factor or situation) serving to lessen the seriousness of an offence
library staff will waive fines where there are genuine extenuating circumstances

hiatus /hʌɪˈeɪtəs/


  • a pause or break in continuity in a sequence or activity
there was a brief hiatus in the war with France

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