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Flashcards in Deck 2 Deck (15):
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excise
/ˈɛksʌɪz/

1. (n) A tax levied on certain goods and commodities produced or sold within a country and on licences granted for certain activities
2. (v) Charge excise on (goods)
3. (v) Cut out surgically
Remove (a section) from a text or piece of music

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complementary (adj)
/kɒmplɪˈmɛnt(ə)ri/

Combining in such a way as to enhance or emphasize the qualities of each other or another

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complimentary (adj)
/kɒmplɪˈmɛnt(ə)ri/

Expressing a compliment; praising or approving
Given or supplied free of charge

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epoch (n)
/ˈiːpɒk/

A particular period of time in history or a person’s life
The beginning of a period in the history of someone or something
A division of time that is a subdivision of a period and is itself subdivided into ages, corresponding to a series in chronostratigraphy

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preternatural (adj)
/ˌpriːtəˈnatʃ(ə)r(ə)l/
also praeternatural

Beyond what is normal or natural

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posit (v)
/ˈpɒzɪt/

1. Put forward as fact or as a basis for argument
(posit something on) Base something on the truth of (a particular assumption)
2. Put in position; place

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lascivious (adj)
/ləˈsɪvɪəs/

Feeling or revealing an overt sexual interest or desire

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yearning
/ˈjɜːnɪŋ/

1. (n) A feeling of intense longing for something
2. (adj) Involving or expressing yearning

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alluring (adj)
/əˈl(j)ʊərɪŋ/

Powerfully and mysteriously attractive or fascinating; seductive

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allure
/əˈljʊə/

1. (n) The quality of being powerfully and mysteriously attractive or fascinating
2. (v) Powerfully attract or charm; tempt

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preordain (v)
/ˌpriːɔːˈdeɪn/

Decide or determine (an outcome or course of action) beforehand

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preposterous (adj)
/prɪˈpɒst(ə)rəs/

Contrary to reason or common sense; utterly absurd or ridiculous

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pithy (adj)
/ˈpɪθi/

1. (Of a fruit or plant) containing much pith
2. (Of language or style) terse and vigorously expressive

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stem
/stɛm/

1. (n) The main body or stalk of a plant or shrub, typically rising above ground but occasionally subterranean
2. (n) A long, thin supportive or main section of something
3. (n) The root or main part of a word, to which inflections or formative elements are added
4. (stem from) Originate in or be caused by
5. (v) Remove the stems from (fruit or tobacco leaves)
6. (v) (Of a boat) make headway against (the tide or current)
7. (v) Stop or restrict (the flow of something)
Stop the spread or development of (something undesirable)

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subterranean (adj)
/ˌsʌbtəˈreɪnɪən/

Existing, occurring, or done under the earth’s surface
Secret; concealed