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LUCRATIVE

Producing money or wealth, profitable



The business has proved to be highly lucrative.

EXTRAVAGANT

Exceeding the limits of reason or necessity, lavish, costly


The company has been making extravagant claims about the drug's effectiveness.

AVARICE

A strong desire for wealth or gain, cupidity, greediness



The corporate world is plagued by avarice and a thirst for power.

DESTITUTE, IMPOVERISH, INDIGENT

Suffering from extreme poverty

MUNIFICENT

Very generous



A munificent host who has presided over many charitable events at his mansion

PARSIMONIOUS

Very unwilling to spend money, miserly



Scrooge McDuck (also known as Uncle Scrooge) is a parsimonious Disney duck, who loves his money more than anything in the world and seldom spends any more of it than he has to.

DEPRECIATE

To lower in estimation or esteem (people) , the price or value (thing)



The inflated economy have greatly depreciated the value of the house.

REMUNERATE

To pay someone for work that has been done



The negligent landlord must remunerate those made homeless by the fire by finding new housing for them at his own expense.

TRIUMVIRATE

A group of three people who share a position of authority or power



Among the city's cultural institutions, the art museum, the symphony orchestra, and the opera company reign as the supreme triumvirate.

PRETEXT

A reason that you give to hide your real reason for doing something



She went back to her friend's house on the pretext that she had forgotten her purse.

WATERSHED


A crucial dividing or turning point, line, or factor


A watershed moment in her life came when she inherited a reasonable sum of money and was able to start her own coffee shop

AUTOCRAT

Despot, a person who rules with total power



European autocrats once commonly believed that they had received the right to rule directly from God.

MANIFESTO

A written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, or views of its issuer, declaration.



The group's manifesto focused on helping the poor and stopping violence

DEMARCATE, CIRCUMSCRIBE

To show the limits or edges of (something), delimit



The boundary between the countries must be clearly demarcated.

AMELIORATE × EXACERBATE

To make (something, such as a problem) better, less painful, etc



Trying to ameliorate the suffering of people who have lost their jobs.

CONTIGUOUS

To describe things that touch each other or are immediately next to each other, adjacent



Connecticut and Massachusetts are contiguous states.

PERTINENT

Relating to the thing that is being thought about or discussed, go to the point of matter



He impressed the jury with his concise, pertinent answers to the attorney's questions.

COMPLICITY

The act of helping to commit a crime or do wrong in some way



There's no proof of her complicity with her brother in the murder.

EXCULPATE, EXONERATE

To prove that someone is not guilty or responsible for a problem, bad situation



The court exculpated him after a thorough investigation.

INDISPUTABLE, INCONTROVERTIBLE

Impossible to question or doubt



An indisputable fact that is not subject to interpretation according to one's political belief.

MALFEASANCE

Wrongdoing or misconduct or dishonest activity especially by a public official or a corporation



The investigation has uncovered evidence of corporate malfeasance at the governor offices.