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abase

lower; humiliate

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allot

to give as share of something; allocate; apportion

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arcane

secret; mysterious; known only to the initiated

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contemporary

person belonging to the same period

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dearth

scarcity

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entice

lure; attract; tempt

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execrable

very bad

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foster

rear; encourage

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indiscretion

lack of tactfulness or sound judgment

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insomnia

wakefulness; inability to sleep

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jollity

gaiety; cheerfulness

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litigation

lawsuit

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mortify

humiliate; punish the flesh

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oscillate

vibrate pendulum like; waver

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pecuniary

pertaining to money

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precept

practical rule guiding conduct

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quandary

dilemma

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repudiate

disown; disavow

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ferment

agitation; commotion

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founder

fall completely; sink

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grandiloquent

attempting to impress with big words or grand gestures

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hone

sharpen

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instigate

urge; start; provoke

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loath

reluctant; disinclinedossify

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ossify

change or harden into bone

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preceptor

teacher, principal of a school, instructor

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promiscuous

mixed indiscriminately; haphazard; irregular, particularly sexually

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quasi

to a degree but not completely; resembling but not being

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recondite

profound, hard to understand; over one's head

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repugnant

loathsome; hateful

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sacrilegious

desecrating; profane

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squalor

filth; degradation; dirty, neglected state

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transgression

violation of a law; sin

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vilify

slander

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zeitgeist

the spirit of the age; trend of a particular period

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archetype

prototype; primitive pattern

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breach

breaking of contract or duty; fissure or gap

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concave

hollow

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continence

self-restraint

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edict

official command