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savor

v. to taste or smell, esp. with pleasure

n. the taste or smell

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fluster

v. to make nervous or upset

3

relief

n. a distinction or prominence due to contrast

4

habitat

n. the place where a person or thing is ordinarily found; a particular type of natural environment

5

platitude

n. a commonplace remark delivered as if it was important

6

sabotage

v. to deliberately obstruct or destroy

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minutiae

n. trivial details

8

effervescent

adj. giving off gas bubbles; showing high spirits or excitement

9

desiccate

v. to dry completely

10

gregarious

adj. seeking and enjoying the company of others; tending to move in a group

11

sojourn

n. a brief visit

12

listless

adj. having no interest in what is going on about one; languid; spiritless

13

secular

adj. not religious; worldly

14

defer

v. to delay; to put off

15

surfeit

n. an excess

16

compunction

n. a feeling of uneasiness caused by a sense of guilt

17

decapitate

v. to cut off the head

18

rejuvenate

v. to restore energy or an appearance of youth

19

chronology

n. arrangement of events in time

20

provincial

adj. limited in perspective; unsophisticated

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pliant

adj. easily bent; pliable; adaptable or compliant

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melodramatic

adj. exaggeratedly emotional or sentimental

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paramount

adj. supreme; ranking higher than others in power or importance

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precocious

adj. developing earlier than usual, esp. mentally

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syntax

n. the way words are arranged to form phrases, clauses, and sentences