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couch

to phrase in a particular way

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draconian

extremely harsh and severe

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waggish

mischievous and playful

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knoll

small rounded hill

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canard

a false report

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lore

knowledge about a particular subject, esp of a traditional or popular nature

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quixotic

foolishly idealistic; extravagant chivalrous

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homely

unattractive, plain looking

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embroil

to engage in trouble, to complicate

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comely

attractive or pleasing in appearance

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scion

an heir; a descendant

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skulk

to lurk; to move secretively

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waif

a person without home or friends

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mien

bearing or manner

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bedlam

any place or condition of noise and confusion

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chary

very cautious

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occult

relating to the supernatural; mysterious

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curtail

cut short

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pique

to arouse

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rote

mechanical memorization, often without full understanding

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rue

regret

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progenitor

a direct ancestor

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imbue

to inspire; to permeate

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propitious

presenting favourable corcumstances

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coddle

to treat indulgently/tolerantly

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vagary

an erratic notion or action

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incur

to bring something undesirable upon oneself

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exigent

urgent

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entail

to have as a necessary result

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commiserate

to express sympathy

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temerity

willingness to do or say something thaf shocks or upsets people

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bromide

commonplace repart intended to placate

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relegate

to send away

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argot

specialized vocabulary unique to a particular group

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nuance

variation of meaning: subtlety

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germane

fitting and appropriate

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breach

gap

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equivocal

unclear, uncertain

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shibboleth

a custom or phrase distinctivr of a particular group, class

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congenital

present since birth; being an essential characteristic

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caveat

warning

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lummox

a clumsy person

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internecine

mutually destructive

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acquiesce

to agree without protest

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pilfer

to steal a small amount

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subterfuge

a sneaky or devious method of avoiding difficulty or unpleasantness

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ersatz

artificial, fake

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segue

an easy, effective or uninterrupted transition

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brazen

showing shameless, insolent boldness

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dappled

spotted

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jaundice

prejudice; bias

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dovetail

to combine or interlock into a unified whole

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bilious

bad-tempered

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amuck

frenzied, violently

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woebegone

Affected with great sad ess

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peccadillo

a minor sin

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mettle

courage; strength of character

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extemporaneous

done with little or no preparations

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pallet

a narrow, hard bed or straw-filled mattress

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effrontery

bold and insulting behaviour

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pittance

a small amount

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de facto

actual or effective

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debonair

easy and carefree in manner

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sentinel

one who keeps watch

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engender

to beget, to cause ; to promote

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bristle

to react in an angry or offended manner

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quid pro quo

an equal exchange or substitution

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complaisant

showing a desire to please

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staunch

strongly loyal