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Cursive (adj.)

(of handwriting) in flowing strokes with the letters joined together.
Printing. in flowing strokes resembling handwriting.


Contumacious (adj.)

stubbornly perverse or rebellious; willfully and obstinately disobedient.


Connotation (n.)

the associated or secondary meaning of a word or expression in addition to its explicit or primary meaning: A possible connotation of “home” is “a place of warmth, comfort, and affection.”
the suggesting of additional meanings by a word or expression, apart from its literal meaning; the act of connoting.


Curmudgeon (n.)

a bad-tempered, difficult, cantankerous person.


Despoil (v.)

to strip of possessions, things of value, etc.; rob; plunder; pillage.


Equipoise (n.)

an equal distribution of weight; even balance; equilibrium.
a counterpoise.


Ennui (n.)

a feeling of utter weariness and discontent resulting from satiety or lack of interest; boredom: The endless lecture produced an unbearable ennui.


Factious (adj.)

given to faction; dissentious: A factious group was trying to undermine the government.
pertaining to or proceeding from faction: factious quarrels.


Facetious (adj.)

not meant to be taken seriously or literally: a facetious remark.
amusing; humorous.
lacking serious intent; concerned with something nonessential, amusing, or frivolous: a facetious person.


Equitable (adj.)

characterized by equity or fairness; just and right; fair; reasonable: equitable treatment of all citizens.
pertaining to or valid in equity.
pertaining to the system of equity, as distinguished from the common law.


Expiate (v.)

to atone for; make amends or reparation for: to expiate one's crimes.


Factitious (adj.)

not spontaneous or natural; artificial; contrived: factitious laughter; factitious enthusiasm.
made; manufactured: a decoration of factitious flowers and leaves.


Effectual (adj.)

producing or capable of producing an intended effect; adequate.
valid or binding, as an agreement or document.


Distrait (adj.)

inattentive because of distracting worries, fears, etc.; absent-minded.


Dowdy (adj.)

not stylish; drab; old-fashioned: Why do you always wear those dowdy old dresses?
not neat or tidy; shabby.


Expository (adj.)

of the nature of exposition; serving to expound, set forth, or explain: an expository essay; expository writing.


Fancier (n.)

a person having a liking for or interest in something; enthusiast: a fancier of sports cars.
a person who breeds animals, plants, etc., especially in order to improve the strain: a horse fancier.


Entrance (v.)

to fill with delight or wonder; enrapture.
to put into a trance: to be hypnotically entranced.


Execrable (adj.)

utterly detestable; abominable; abhorrent.
very bad: an execrable stage performance.


Dulcet (adj.)

pleasant to the ear; melodious: the dulcet tones of the cello.
pleasant or agreeable to the eye or the feelings; soothing.
Archaic. sweet to the taste or smell.


Egress (n.)

the act or an instance of going, especially from an enclosed place.
a means or place of going out; an exit.
the right or permission to go out.
Astronomy , emersion(def 1).