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vicarious

felt as if one were taking part in the experiences of another

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pique

v. to arouse (interest, curiosity, etc.); to irritate

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abate

v. to lessen in amount, intensity or strength

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maternal

adj. characteristic of a mother

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decorum

n. polite behavior

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pretentious

adj. claiming dignity or importance, esp. when undeserved

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unwieldy

adj. hard to handle or mange, esp. because of size or weight

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homely

adj. unattractive, plain looking

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impromptu

adj. without preparation

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visceral

adj. instinctive; relating to the internal organs

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staccato

adj. composed of abrupt, disconnected parts or sounds

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rue

v. to regret

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meritocracy

n. a system in which promotion is based on individual ability or achievement

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inveigle

v. to obtain by flattery

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behoove

v. to be necessary or proper for

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austere

adj. stren or severe in appearance; without luxury

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inert

adj. unable to move or respond; sluggish

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mnemonic

adj. pertaining to or assisting the memory

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censor

v. to prevent from becoming known or circulated

n. an official editor of material

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imposing

adj. impressive by virtue of size, power, or manner

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hectic

adj. characterized by intense activity

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sully

v. to dirty or tarnish, esp. by disgracing

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insipid

adj. uninteresting; having no flavor

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anachronism

n. something not belonging to a certain time period

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malady

n. a disease; illness; sickness