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necromancy

\ˈne-krə-ˌman(t)-sē\

D. black magic

E. The town accused her of witchcraft and necromancy.

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nefarious

D. wicked

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negation

\ni-ˈgā-shən\

D. denial; the absence of positive quality

E. a ruling by the Supreme Court that many regarded as a negation of the basic right of privacy

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negligible

\ˈne-gli-jə-bəl\

D. so unimportant that it can be neglected

E. A negligible amount of damage was done to the vehicle.

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nemesis

\ˈne-mə-səs\

D. fair punishment; sth that seems to defeat a person constantly

E. He will be playing his old nemesis for the championship. / Batman is the Joker's main nemesis and always foils his wicked plots.

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neolithic

D. pertaining to the Stone Age

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neophyte

\ˈnē-ə-ˌfīt\

D. a beginer

E. neophytes are assigned an experienced church member to guide them through their first year

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nepotism

\ˈne-pə-ˌti-zəm\

D. special consideration to relatives, particularly in assignment to offices or positions

E. Nepotism has hurt the company.

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nettle

\ˈne-təl\

D. to sting; to irritate or annoy

E. It nettles him that his younger coworker got a promotion before he did.

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neurosis

\nə-'ro-sis\

D. a mental disorder

E. Freude said when we can identify the origin of our neurosis , it goes away.

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nexus

\ˈnek-səs\

D. a connection

E. the oft-repeated claim that any person on the planet can be connected to any other person through a nexus of six relationships

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nicety

\ˈnī-sə-tē\

D. exactness and delicacy; the state of being nice

E. the nicety of his argument / a woman too fond of the niceties of urban living to even consider becoming a farmer's wife

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niggardly

\'ni-gərd-lē\

D. stingy, grudgingly mean about spending or granting

E. she's a niggardly woman, so don't expect a handout from her

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nihilist

\ˈnī-(h)ə-ˌli-zəm\

D. the belief that nothing has any value, especially that religious and moral principles have no value

E. Her latest play is a nihilistic vision of the world of the future.

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nocturnal

D. pertaining to the night

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noisome

\ˈnȯi-səm\

D. harmful; offensive to the senses and especially to the sense of smell

E. a noisome remark about my weight that stuck with me for days / noisome garbage

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nomadic

\nō-ˈma-dik\

D. moving from place to place

E. raised in a nomadic family, she attended half a dozen different high schools

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nomenclature

\ˈnō-mən-ˌklā-chər\

D. a system for naming

E. the nomenclatures of zoology and chemistry

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nominal

\ˈnä-mə-nəl\

D. pertaining to names; slight

E. The shares were sold for well below their nominal value. / We only pay a nominal rent.

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nonchalant

D. cool; indifferent

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noncommittal

\-kə-ˈmi-təl\

D. not aligning oneself with any side or point of view

E. a noncommittal reply

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nondescript

\ˌnän-di-ˈskript\

D. having few distinguished qualities; hard to classify

E. I work in one of the nondescript office buildings downtown. / Their performance was disappointingly nondescript.

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nonentity

\nä-ˈen-tə-tē\

D. sth that exists only in the mind; sth or sb of little importance

E. the arctic circle is a nonentity—you won't see it on the way to the north pole / was so quiet he was almost a nonentity at the meetin

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nonpareil

\ˌnän-pə-ˈrel\

D. without equal

E. the nonpareil beauty of Helen of Troy

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nonplus

\ˌnän-ˈpləs\

D. to perplex

E. I was nonplussed by his openly expressed admiration of me.

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non sequitur

\ˈnän-ˈse-kwə-tər\

D. sth that does not follow logically from what went before

E. We were talking about the new restaurant when she threw in some non sequitur about her dog.

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nostalgia

D. homesickness

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notorious

D. widely and unfavorably known

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novice

\ˈnä-vəs\

D. a beginner

E. a book for the novice chess player

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noxious

D. harmful, unwholesome

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nuance

\ˈnü-ˌän(t)s\

D. a slight variation of color, tone, etc.

E. He listened to the subtle nuances in the song.

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nugatory

\ˈnü-gə-ˌtȯr-ē\

D. worthless

E. the congressional resolution has symbolic value only, as it relates to a matter governed by the states and is thus nugatory

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nullify

D. to make invalid or useless

E. The law has been nullified by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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nurture

D. to feed or raise (a child)

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nutrient

D. a food

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oaf

\ˈōf\

D. a big clumsy slow-witted person

E. anyone who took him for an oaf and tried to cheat him would be in for a nasty surprise

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obdurate

D. hardhearted; hardened; inflexible

E. He is known for his obdurate determination. / the obdurate refusal of the crotchety old man to let the neighborhood kids retrieve their stray ball from his backyard

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obeisance

D. a motion of reverance

39

obese

D. very fat

40

obfuscate

\ˈäb-fə-ˌskāt\

D. to make unclear; to confuse

E. Politicians keep obfuscating the issues. / Their explanations only serve to obfuscate and confuse.

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objurgate

D. to rebuke

E. particularly humiliating for the general was the White House's objurgation of his misguided and unauthorized attempt at enunciating foreign policy

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oblation

\ə-ˈblā-shən\

D. an offering

E. "I pity people who do not care for Society. They are poorer for the oblation they do not make."

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oblique

\ō-ˈblēk\

D. slanting; indirect

E. The extension was built at an oblique angle to the house. / He referred only obliquely to their recent problems.

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obliquity

\ō-ˈbli-kwə-tē\

D. the state of being oblique

E. her poetry is sure to satisfy those readers who readily confuse obliquity with profundity

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obliterate

D. to wipe out

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oblivion

D. forgetfulness