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Fastidious (adj.)

excessively particular, critical, or demanding; hard to please: a fastidious eater.
requiring or characterized by excessive care or delicacy; painstaking.

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Extenuate (v.)

to represent (a fault, offense, etc.) as less serious: to extenuate a crime.
to serve to make (a fault, offense, etc.) seem less serious.
to underestimate, underrate, or make light of: Do not extenuate the difficulties we are in.
Archaic.
to make thin, lean, or emaciated.
to reduce the consistency or density of.

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Expostulate (n.)

to reason earnestly with someone against something that person intends to do or has done; remonstrate: His father expostulated with him about the evils of gambling.

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Disparate (adj.)

distinct in kind; essentially different; dissimilar: disparate ideas.

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Emolument

profit, salary, or fees from office or employment; compensation for services: Tips are an emolument in addition to wages. Synonyms: earnings, pay, recompense, stipend, honorarium.

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Disport (n.)

to divert or amuse (oneself).
to display (oneself) in a sportive manner: The picnickers disported themselves merrily on the beach.

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Encomium

a formal expression of high praise; eulogy: An encomium by the President greeted the returning hero.

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Enunciate (v.)

to utter or pronounce (words, sentences, etc.), especially in an articulate or a particular manner: He enunciates his words distinctly.
to state or declare definitely, as a theory.
to announce or proclaim: to enunciate one's intentions.

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Doggerel (n.)

comic or burlesque, and usually loose or irregular in measure.
rude; crude; poor.

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Ellipsis (adj.)

the omission from a sentence or other construction of one or more words that would complete or clarify the construction, as the omission of who are, while I am, or while we are from I like to interview people sitting down.
the omission of one or more items from a construction in order to avoid repeating the identical or equivalent items that are in a preceding or following construction, as the omission of been to Paris from the second clause of I've been to Paris, but they haven't.

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Dissemble

to give a false or misleading appearance to; conceal the truth or real nature of: to dissemble one's incompetence in business.

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Febrile (adj.)

pertaining to or marked by fever; feverish.

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Dolorous (adj.)

full of, expressing, or causing pain or sorrow; grievous; mournful: a dolorous melody; dolorous news.

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Epicure

a person who cultivates a refined taste, especially in food and wine; connoisseur.
Archaic. a person dedicated to sensual enjoyment.

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Fecundity (n.)

the quality of being fecund; capacity, especially in female animals, of producing young in great numbers.
fruitfulness or fertility, as of the earth.
the capacity of abundant production: fecundity of imagination.

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Exiguous (adj.)

scanty; meager; small; slender: exiguous income.

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Facile (adj.)

moving, acting, working, proceeding, etc., with ease, sometimes with superficiality: facile fingers; a facile mind.
easily done, performed, used, etc.: a facile victory; a facile method.
easy or unconstrained, as manners or persons.
affable, agreeable, or complaisant; easily influenced: a facile temperament; facile people.

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Edify (v.)

to instruct or benefit, especially morally or spiritually; uplift: religious paintings that edify the viewer.

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Equanimity (n.)

mental or emotional stability or composure, especially under tension or strain; calmness; equilibrium.

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Evince (v.)

to show clearly; make evident or manifest; prove.
to reveal the possession of (a quality, trait, etc.).

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Equable (n.)

free from many changes or variations; uniform: an equable climate; an equable temperament.
uniform in operation or effect, as laws.