deadening

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Definition: (adjective) So lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness. Synonyms: boring, ho-hum, irksome, tedious, tiresome, wearisome, dull, slow. Usage: He envied Joe, down in the village,… fantastically and gloriously drunk and forgetful of Monday morning and the week of deadening toil to come. Discuss

minatory

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Definition: (adjective) Threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments. Synonyms: menacing, ominous, sinister, baleful, forbidding. Usage: Number 3, Lauriston Gardens wore an ill-omened and minatory look. Discuss

coterie

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Definition: (noun) An exclusive circle of people with a common purpose. Synonyms: clique, ingroup, camp, pack. Usage: This little coterie of friends was composed of seven famous men, who possessed many talents in common, being poets and musicians, alchemists, philosophers, and mostly hard drinkers as well. Discuss

go-between

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Definition: (noun) A negotiator who acts as a link between parties. Synonyms: intercessor, intermediary, mediator. Usage: A skilled go-between can prove invaluable to businesses when negotiations become hostile or contentious. Discuss