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pustules

n. acne, pimples, small elevation of skin with pus

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gait

n. bearing, way one moves or walks

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thrall

n. bondage, slave// he was the --- of morbid fantasies

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bibliophile

n. book collector, esp. as examples of unusual/fine printing, binding

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necromancy

n. \the supposed practice of communicating with the dead, especially in order to predict the future.
witchcraft, sorcery, or black magic in general.

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contusion

n. bruise

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lacuna

n. (lakyoona) cavity, pause, break// It became increasingly clear to me that there were many __ in that story

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necropolis

n. cemetery

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nave

n. center, heart, hub// a huge portico gave way to a __ with seats

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terpsichore

n. choreography, art of dancing

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annals

n. chronicles, historical records// in the ___ of crime or history

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denouement

n. climax, culmination, finale// at last the tale sinks into a tragic, darkly perfumed gothic __

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hematoma

n. clotted blood

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mosaic

n. collage, patchwork

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carrion

n. decaying flesh

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syllogism

n. deductive reasoning, all dogs are animals, all animals have 4 legs, therefore dogs must have 4 legs

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anachronism

n. error in time placement // everything was as it would have appeared in centuries past apart from one __, a bright yellow construction crane. // The sword is an ___ in modern warfare// When Jesus celebrated what you might call anachronistically the first mass, he wouldn't have used that language. ..

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gnosticism

n. escape from this world through esoteric knowledge

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sycophant

n. groupie, self seeking servile flatterer

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brigand

n. hoodlum

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predilection

n. inclination, preference, fondness, penchant

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harbinger

n. indication, omen

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reconnaissance

n. inspection, surveillance, exploration

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dungarees

n. jeans

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emporium

n. market, bazaar, boutique

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gangway

n. passage, corridor

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portico

n. porch, atrium, veranda

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cortege

n. procession, caravan

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bilge

n. rubbish, balderdash, nonsense

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tableaux

n. scene-often painted, illustration

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kinesiology

n. science of mental ability to move body

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cloister

n. secluded religious place

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signet

n. small seal--like finger ring with family seal// he actually had a __ ring

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miser

n. stingy, avaricious, hoard money// anything less would be __ly of me

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intransigence

n. stubbornness, inflexibility, obstinacy

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cipher

n. zero, nothingness, secret message

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plait

n./v. braid, fold, pleat

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incunabula

plural, adj. early printed books, produced in the earliest stages, before 1501

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fulminate

v. criticize harshly, berate

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shirr

v. draw up, gather

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cavil

v. find fault with, quibble

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caterwaul

v. make screeching, crying noise

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regale

v. throw party, entertain, amuse//...stories with which he __ed me

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haughty

adj. arrogant, cavalier, imperious, snobbish

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monastic

adj. characteristic of monk/nun, ascetic, austere

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parsimonious

adj. cheap, miserly, scroogelike

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disconcerted

adj. confused, shaken

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ethereal

adj. delicate, heavenly, airy, celestial

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flatulent

adj. generating gas, pretentious, turgid// the __ vapors had already hit me

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salutary

adj. healthy, for good, wholesome// She was contradicted and had probably never in her life had that __ experience