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conundrum
(n.) puzzle, problem
(Interpreting Jane’s behavior was a constant conundrum.)
credulity
(n.) readiness to believe
(His credulity made him an easy target for con men.)
cupidity
(n.) greed, strong desire
(His cupidity made him enter the abandoned gold mine despite the obvious dangers.)
cursory
(adj.) brief to the point of being superficial
(Late for the meeting, she cast a cursory glance at the agenda.)
decry
(v.) to criticize openly
(The kind video rental clerk decried the policy of charging customers late fees.)
defile
(v.) to make unclean, impure

To make filthy or dirty; pollute: defile a river with sewage.
(She defiled the calm of the religious building by playing her banjo.)
deleterious
(adj.) harmful

Synonym: Detrimental
(She experienced the deleterious effects of running a marathon without stretching her muscles enough beforehand.)
demure
(adj.) quiet, modest, reserved
(Though everyone else at the party was dancing and going crazy, she remained demure.)
deprecate
(v.) to belittle, depreciate
(Always over-modest, he deprecated his contribution to the local charity.)
deride
(v.) to laugh at mockingly, scorn
(The bullies derided the foreign student’s accent.)