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ineffable

adj. indescribable, ethreal, too great for words// __ joy

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polyglot

adj. knowing or using several languages, of book: translated into several languages [a __ career woman]

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leonine

adj. lion like, eminent, distinguished

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fractious

adj. quarrelsome, unruly, grouchy// __ person

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ecclesial

adj. relating to a church or denomination [the modernization of __ buildings]

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geriatric

adj. relating to old people [a __hospital]

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somnolent

adj. sleepy; drowsy [it had a pleasant __ effect and I managed okay]

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emaciated

adj. undernourished

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ipso facto

adv. by that very fact or act [ the enemy of one's enemy may be __ a friend]

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schlemiel

n. (informal) stupid, awkward, unlucky person

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emulsion

n. a fine dispersion of minute droplets of one liquid in another in which it is not soluble or miscible [I love that final squirt of emulsifying extra virgin olive oil, just after the basil goes in]

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gargantua

n. a giant

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fishmonger

n. a person or store that sells fish for food

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bivouac

n. a temorary camp without tents or cover, esp by soldiers, mountaineers[we promptly __ed to a bar for some serious strategizing]

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compendium

n. abridgment, summary, epitome// the mansion was a __ of mysteries

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communion

n. affinity, fellowship, sharing of intimate thoughts esp. when on mental or spiritual level [a sense of __ with others]

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wake

n. aftermath

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advent

n. arrival of a notable person, thing, event; coming of Christ; first season of the church year, leading up to Christmas

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charcuterie

n. cold cooked meats collectively, a store selling such meats

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rube

n. country bumpkin

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malediction

n. curse, imprecation; jinx, anathema// the coffins lay side by side, like chained __s.

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mnemonic

n. device such as a pattern of letters that assist in remembering something. adj. relating to power of memory [I had to learn some fast __ tricks to keep up]

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disquisition

n. discourse, dissertation, formal discourse where subject is examined and discussed// No sooner had the librarian made a sincere admission of ignorance than the child launched into a __on Starets Ambrose

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rictus

n. fixed grimace or grin [Ned's smile had becomea __ of repulsion]

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bulwark

n. fortification, support //traditions are a __ against the decline of culture

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revenant

n. ghost, person who returns// where others saw shapes or shadows he saw__s

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opus

n. great composition, musical or literary// At the same time I could visit Carax and collect his new __

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apoplexy

n. incapacity, speechlessness from anger; unconsciousness from hemorrhage or stroke [why are some line cooks driven to __ at the pinching of even a few grains of salt? ]

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dysentery

n. infection of the intestines resulting in diarrhea

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nouvelle cuisine

n. modern style of cooking that avoids rich, heavy foods and emphasizes the freshness of the ingredients and the presentation fo the dishes

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lucre

n. money, esp when regarded as sordid or distasteful [officials getting their hands grubby with filthy lucre

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encyclical

n. papal letter sent to all bishops of the Roman Catholic Church [his first __]

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factotum

n. servant, handy person, someone hired to work around house

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hamlet

n. small village

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epithet

n. sobriquet, tag, moniker [the same people who were calling him every racial __ imaginable turned out to be his biggest fans]

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detritus

n. waste or debris, organic matter from compost [her station and uniform were absolutely unmarked by spills, stains, or any of the expected Friday night detritus]

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caprice

n. whim, vagary, fickleness

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apropos

preposition: with reference to; concerning [a chinese gentleman next to me, __ of nothing, shook his head, blew smoke out of his nose and said "sleeping pill"]

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cadge

v. ask for, obtain [he eats whenever he can __ a meal

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suborn

v. bribe or induce to commit an unlawful act such as perjury [he's suborned the secretaries and is reading the interoffice email on a regular basis]

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garrote

v. choke, strangle

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decant

v. gradually pour from one container into another, esp. without disturbing the sediment [the wine was __ about 40 minutes before served]

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waylay

v. intercept, ambush, accost// One night Jorge __id Miguel in the dark

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defray

v. pay, finance, fund// the grant helped __ the expenses of the trip

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Calumniate

v. revile, smear, malign, make false statements about. [foes were __ him in the US press]

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apposite

adj. relevant [do not start by justifying Catholic doctrines through __ Bible passages]

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punctilious

adj. meticulous, diligent [The Inquisition was __ in its adherence to the law]

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hecatomb

n. carnage, bloodshed; sacrifice [instead they should discover what fundamentalists are trying to prove with their talk of __]

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hinterland

n. uncharted area, backwoods [Malaysia remains a vital albeit partial __]

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attenuated

adj. unnaturally thin, weak [they have difficulty believing because their notions of heaven are __]