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orientation

act of finding oneself in society

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nonpartisan

not supporting or controlled by any group, unbiased

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moribund

dying

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matron

a mature looking married woman or widow; mature woman in charge

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lithe

flexible; supple

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jingoism

aggressive nationalism and patriotism, especially as directed against foreign countries; belligerent bigoted patriotism; warmongering

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insipid

lacking in flavor; dull

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indignant

angry as a result of insult

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implore

to beg or appeal for; to urge

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holster

pistol case

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gouge

tear out

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forthright

outspoken; straightforward; frank

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feint

trick; shift; sham blow

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excoriate

scold with biting harshness; strip the skin off

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ensue

to occur

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ebb

recede; lessen

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dishearten

discourage; cause to lose courage or hope

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deprecate

express disapproval of; protest against; belittle

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dauntless

bold

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construe

explain; interpret

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complaisant

trying to please; obliging

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cession

yielding to another; ceding

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braggart

boaster

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ballad

narrative poem recited or sung, a folk song

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arbiter

a person with power to decide a dispute; judge

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allegory

story in which character are used as symbols; fable

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yield

amount produced; crop; income on investment

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vicissitude

change of fortune

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ungainly

lacking gracefulness; clumsy; awkward

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transcend

to rise above or go beyond; to surpass

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teem

to have in abundance; to overrun; swarm

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subsidy

direct financial aid by government, etc.

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sportive

playful

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servile

slavish; cringing

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ruffle

to disturb the smoothness of, to upset mildly

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reprise

musical repetition; repeat performance; recurrent action

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reciprocate

repay in kind

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quack

charlatan; impostor

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proletariat

class of wage earners, those who do manual labor

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preamble

introductory statement

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phylum

major class of plants; primary branch of animal kingdom; division

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patrimony

an inheritance from a father or an ancestor; anything inherited

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orient

get one's bearings; adjust

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nonentity

person of no importance; nonexistance

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mores

conventions; moral standards; customs

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matrix

point of origin; array of numbers or algebraic symbols; mold or die

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listless

lacking in spirit or energy

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jaunty

lighthearted; animated; easy and carefree

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insinuate

hint; imply; creep in

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indigent

poor; destitute