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distaff

adj. suitable for female

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aborning

adverb/ adj. while being born or produced [the idea died __]

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scintilla

n. a minute particle, trace // not a __ of remorse

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coiffure

n. a person's hairstyle typically an elaborate one

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dearth

n. a scarcity or lack of something [there is a ___ of evidence]

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squaw

n. an american indian woman or wife (offensive)

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aplomb

n. assurance, confidence, nonchalance // Vickie spoke with __ to the large audience

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milieu

n. atmosphere, person's social environment [he grew up in a military ____]

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hullabaloo

n. bedlam, brouhaha, chaos

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invective

n. berating, insulting, abusive highly critical language// The newspaper’s invective of the novel really made the author angry.

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placid

n. calmness; peace [the __ waters of a small lake]

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coterie

n. clique

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harangue

n. diatribe, tirade, rant, admonition [a ten minute __]

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efficacy

n. effective, ability to do what is desired

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menarche

n. first period

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falderal

n. foolishness, absurdity// all the falderal of the athletic contests and the cheerleaders makes me exhausted

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tutelage

n. guardianship

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brier

n. hillbilly, us. Appalachian

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dudgeon

n. intense indignation, anger, bitterness //In a fit of dudgeon, the boy destroyed everything his former best friend had given him.

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urchin

n. mischievous youngster, brat esp. one who is poorly or raggedly dressed.

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temerity

n. nerve, audacity

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effrontery

n. nerve, boldness [she had the ___ to ask for 2 free samples]

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teetotaler

n. non drinker

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claptrap

n. pretentious but insincere or empty language, an artifice for winning applause

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sinecure

n. sitting duck, easy target

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shirker

n. slacker

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anathema

n. something hated; strong curse [mutter ___]

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brio

n. vigor, vivacity of style

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tether

n./adj. a rope or chain, restrict movement

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reviled

v. admonish, criticize in abusive angry manner