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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

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corrugate

v. contract into wrinkles or folds

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interdict

n/v. forbid, prohibit // an interdict against marriage of those of close kin; society will never interdict sex

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inculcate

v. instill by persistent instruction

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extol

v. praise enthusiastically

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remunerate

v. pay (someone) for services rendered or work done./ If you want Frank to build your deck, you will have to pay for lumber and give him remuneration for his time.

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vaticinate

v. to prophesy, to foretell

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octogenarian

adj. between 80-90 years old

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wistful

adj. daydreaming, longing, contemplative, forlorn

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inveterate

adj. established, habitual, lifelong // she is an ___ supporter

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protract

adj. long, prolong, drawn out// The committee voted to protract the discussions of an amendment to their mission statement.

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baleful

adj. menacing //Bill shot a baleful glance in her direction

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obsteperous

adj. noisy, clamorous, boisterous, unruly

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esotericism

adj. opinions or beliefs, ideas preserved or understood by a small group of those specially initiated, or of rare or unusual interest.

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filial

adj. relating to son/daughter; daughterly

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unctuous

adj. sycophantic, grovelling// he seemed anxious to please but not in an __ way

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facetious

adj. tongue in cheek, kidding

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protean

adj. versatile, multifaceted// the mark of a __ talent

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precipitate

adj./v. hasty; bring about // we don't want to be __ and say something we ought not; the incident __d a crisis

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zero sum

adj. (of a game or situation) in which whatever is gained by one side is lost by the other. [altruism is not a __ game]

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coolie

n. OFFENSIVE unskilled laborer from Asia