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1

zany

adj.
Comical or ludicrous because of incongruity or strangeness; crazy; wacky.

2

berate

v.
To rebuke or scold angrily and at length.

3

gustatory

adj.
Of or relating to the sense of taste.

4

judicious

adj.
Having or exhibiting sound judgment; prudent.

5

regale

v.
1. To provide with great enjoyment; entertain.
2. To entertain sumptuously with food and drink; provide a feast for.

6

sycophant

n.
A person who attempts to gain advantage by flattering influential people or behaving in a servile manner; boot licker.

7

beret

n.
A round, soft, brimless cap that fits snugly and is often worn angled to one side.

8

corpulent

adj.
Having an abundance or excess of flesh or fat.

9

hackneyed

adj.
Overfamiliar through overuse; trite.

10

jurisprudence

n.
1. The philosophy or science of law.
2. A division, type, or particular body of law: modern jurisprudence; federal jurisprudence; bankruptcy jurisprudence.

11

relegate

v.
1. To consign to an inferior or obscure place, rank, category, or condition: an artist's work that is now relegated to storerooms; a group that has been relegated to the status of second-class citizens.
2. To refer or assign (e.g. a matter or task) for decision or action: relegate the teaching of writing to graduate students; relegate the matter to a committee.

12

taciturn

adj.
1. Habitually untalkative.
2. Characterized by reserve or a lack of expression.

13

zealot

n.
a. One who is zealous, especially excessively so.
b. A fanatically committed person.

14

bestial

adj.
1. Of or resembling a beast: a bestial roar.
2. Marked by brutality or depravity; brutal or depraved: capable of the most bestial acts imaginable.

15

corrugate

v.
To shape into folds or parallel and alternating ridges and grooves.

16

hallowed

adj.
1. Sanctified; consecrated: a hallowed cemetery.
2. Highly venerated; sacrosanct: our hallowed war heroes.

17

juxtapose

v.
To place side by side, especially for comparison or contrast.

18

placebo

n.
1. Harmless medicine with no effect.
a. A substance that has positive effects as a result of a patient's perception that it is beneficial rather than as a result of a causative ingredient.
b. An inactive substance or preparation used as a control in an experiment or test to determine the effectiveness of a medicinal drug.
2. Something of no intrinsic remedial value that is used to appease or reassure another.

19

zenith

n.
1. The point on the celestial sphere that is directly above the observer.
2. The upper region of the sky.
3. The highest point above the observer's horizon attained by a celestial body.
4. The point of culmination; the peak: the zenith of her career.