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Portentous


adj
1. Of the nature of or constituting a portent; foreboding: "The present aspect of society is portentous of great change" (Edward Bellamy).
2. of momentous or ominous significance
2. miraculous, amazing, or awe-inspiring; prodigious. "Such a portentous and mysterious monster roused all my curiosity" (Herman Melville).
3. self-important or pompous.

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean:

adj
1. foreboding.
2. of momentous or ominous significance; frighteningly marvelous.
3. miraculous, amazing, or awe-inspiring; prodigious.
3. self-important or pompous.

Portentous

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Bilk


tr.v.
1.
a. To defraud, cheat, or swindle: made millions bilking wealthy clients on art sales.
b. To evade payment of: bilk one's debts.
2. To thwart or frustrate: "Fate . . . may be to a certain extent bilked" (Thomas Carlyle).
3. To elude.
n.
1. One who cheats.
2. Obsolete A hoax or swindle.

Perhaps a variant of "balk", to thwart.

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean:

v.
1.
a. To defraud, cheat, or swindle.
b. To evade payment of.
2. To thwart or frustrate.
3. To elude.
n.
1. One who cheats.
2. Obsolete A hoax or swindle.

Bilk

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Absolution


n
1. the act of absolving or the state of being absolved; release from guilt, obligation, or punishment
2. (Roman Catholic Church) Christianity
a. a formal remission of sin pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of penance
b. the prescribed form of words granting such a remission

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean:

n
1. release from guilt, obligation, or punishment
2. (Roman Catholic Church) Christianity
a. a formal remission of sin pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of penance
b. the prescribed form of words granting such a remission

Absolution

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Abasement


n.
State of being lowered in rank, prestige, or esteem. (degradation, abjection, humiliation.)

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean:

n.
State of being lowered in rank, prestige, or esteem. (degradation, abjection, humiliation.)

Abasement

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Nuzzle

v.
1. To rub or push against gently with or as if with the nose or snout: "stroked and nuzzled the kitten."
2. To root or move with the snout.
3. To cuddle, snuggle, nestle together.

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean the following:

v.
1. To rub or push against gently with or as if with the nose or snout.
2. To root or move with the snout.
3. To cuddle, snuggle, nestle together.

Nuzzle

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Plaudit

n. Usu. plural:

1. an enthusiastic expression of approval: Her performance won the plaudits of the critics.
2. a demonstration or round of applause.
From Latin plaudere: to applaud.

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean the following:
n.
1. an enthusiastic expression of approval.
2. a demonstration or round of applause.

Plaudit

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Ensconce


vb (tr; often passive)
1. to establish or settle firmly or comfortably: ensconced in a chair.
2. to place in safety; hide

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean:

v.
1. to establish or settle firmly and comfortably.
2. to place in safety; hide

Ensconce

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Reprieve

n.
1.
a. Postponement or cancellation of a punishment.
b. A warrant for such an action.
2. A respite. Temporary relief, as from danger or pain.

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean:
n.
1.
a. Postponement or cancellation of a punishment.
b. A warrant for such an action.
2. A respite. Temporary relief, as from danger or pain.

Reprieve

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Tawdry


adj.
1. Gaudy and cheap in nature or appearance.
2. Shameful or indecent: tawdry secrets.

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean:

adj.
1. Gaudy and cheap in nature or appearance.
2. Shameful or indecent.

Tawdry

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Blighted

adj.
1. Destroyed, ruined. Possibilities of prosperity and growth impeded.
2. (Of plants) diseased with blight which causes wilting and dying of affected parts, esp. inhibiting growth.

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adj.
1. Destroyed, ruined. Possibilities of prosperity and growth impeded.
2. (Of plants) afflicted with disease which causes wilting and dying of affected parts, esp. inhibiting growth.

Blighted

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Abstemious


adj.
1. Eating and drinking in moderation.
2. Characterized by abstinence or moderation: The hermit led an abstemious way of life.

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean:

adj.
1. Eating and drinking in moderation.
2. Characterized by abstinence or moderation.

Abstemious

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Crepuscular


adj
1. of or like twilight; dim
2. (Zoology) (of certain insects, birds, and other animals) active at twilight or just before dawn.

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean:

adj
1. of or like twilight; dim
2. (Zoology) (of certain insects, birds, and other animals) active at twilight or just before dawn

Crepuscular

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Enunciation


1. To pronounce; articulate.
2. To state or set forth precisely or systematically: enunciate a doctrine.
3. To announce; proclaim.

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean:
1. To pronounce; articulate.
2. To state or set forth precisely or systematically
3. To announce; proclaim.

Enunciation

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Blunderbuss


n.
1. A short musket of wide bore and flaring muzzle, formerly used to scatter shot at close range.
2. A person regarded as clumsy and stupid.

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean:

n.
1. A short musket of wide bore and flaring muzzle, formerly used to scatter shot at close range.
2. A person regarded as clumsy and stupid.

Blunderbuss

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Envenom


v.
1. to fill or impregnate with venom; make poisonous
2. to fill with bitterness or malice

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean:

v
to fill with bitterness or malice

Envenom

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Plumage


n.
1. The covering of feathers on a bird.
2. Feathers used ornamentally.
3. Elaborate dress; finery.

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean:

n.
1. The covering of feathers on a bird.
2. Feathers used ornamentally.
3. Elaborate dress; finery.

Plumage

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Acrophobia


n.
An abnormal fear of high places.

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean:

n.
An abnormal fear of high places.

Acrophobia

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Epistolary

adj.
1. contained in or carried on by letters: an epistolary friendship.
2. of, pertaining to, or consisting of letters.
3. written in the form of a series of letters: an epistolary novel.

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean:

adj.
1. contained in or carried on by letters.
2. of, pertaining to, or consisting of letters.
3. written in the form of a series of letters.

Epistolary

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Poised


adj
1. Assured, composed. self-possessed; dignified; exhibiting composure.
2.being in balance or equilibrium.
3.balanced and prepared for action: a skier poised at the top of the slope.
4.hovering or suspended in or as if in midair: a bird poised in flight.

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adj
1. Assured, composed. self-possessed; dignified; exhibiting composure.
2.being in balance or equilibrium.
3.balanced and prepared for action.
4.hovering or suspended in or as if in midair.

Poised

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Acuity


n.
Acuteness of vision or perception; keenness.

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean:

n.
Acuteness of vision or perception; keenness.

Acuity

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Braggart


n.
One given to loud, empty boasting; a bragger.

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean:

n.
One given to loud, empty boasting.

Braggart

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Languish



1. To be or become weak or feeble; lose strength or vigor.
2. To exist or continue in miserable or disheartening conditions: languished away in prison.
3. To remain unattended or be neglected: legislation that continued to languish in committee.
4. To become downcast or pine away in longing: languish apart from friends and family; languish for a change from dull routine.
5. To affect a wistful or languid air, especially in order to gain sympathy.

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean:

v.
1. To be or become weak or feeble; lose strength or vigor.
2. To exist or continue in miserable or disheartening conditions.
3. To remain unattended or be neglected.
4. To become downcast or pine away in longing.
5. To affect a wistful or languid air, especially in order to gain sympathy.

Languish

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Largess


n.
1.
a. Liberality in bestowing gifts, especially in a lofty or condescending manner.
b. Money or gifts bestowed.
2. Generosity of spirit or attitude.

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean:

n.
1.
a. Liberality in bestowing gifts, especially in a lofty or condescending manner.
b. Money or gifts bestowed.
2. Generosity of spirit or attitude.

Largess

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Bromide

n.
a. A commonplace remark or notion; a platitude. cliché.
b. A tiresome person; a bore.

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean:

n.
a. A commonplace remark or notion; a platitude; a cliché.
b. A tiresome person; a bore.

Bromide

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Pontificate


v.
1. to speak or behave in a pompous or dogmatic manner. Also (less commonly): pontify
2. (Roman Catholic Church) to serve or officiate as a pontiff, esp in celebrating a Pontifical Mass

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean:

v.
1. to speak or behave in a pompous or dogmatic manner.

Pontificate

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Expediency

n.
1. appropriateness; suitability
2. the use of or inclination towards methods that are advantageous rather than fair or just

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean:

1. appropriateness; suitability
2. the use of or inclination towards methods that are advantageous rather than fair or just

Expediency

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Sidereal


adj.
1. Of, relating to, or concerned with the stars or constellations; stellar.
2. Measured or determined by means of the apparent daily motion of the stars: sidereal time.

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean:

1. Of, relating to, or concerned with the stars or constellations; stellar.
2. Measured or determined by means of the apparent daily motion of the stars.

Sidereal

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Etiolate (v)

v.tr.
1. Botany To cause (a plant) to develop without chlorophyll by preventing exposure to sunlight.
2.
a. To cause to appear pale and sickly: a face that was etiolated from years in prison.
b. To make weak by stunting the growth or development of.
v.intr. Botany
To become blanched or whitened, as when grown without sunlight.

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean:


1.To cause (a plant) to develop without chlorophyll by preventing exposure to sunlight.
2.
a. To cause to appear pale and sickly.
b. To make weak by stunting the growth or development of.
To become blanched or whitened, as when grown without sunlight.

Etiolate

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Discomposure

n.
1. anxious embarrassment; self-conscious distress; a temperament that is perturbed and lacking in composure.

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean:

anxious embarrassment; self-conscious distress; a temperament that is perturbed.

Discomposure
(n.)

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Prerogative


n
1. an exclusive privilege or right exercised by a person or group of people holding a particular office or hereditary rank
2. any privilege or right
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a power, privilege, or immunity restricted to a sovereign or sovereign government
adj
4. having or able to exercise a prerogative

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean:

n.
1. an exclusive privilege or right exercised by a person or group of people holding a particular office or hereditary rank
2. any privilege or right
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a power, privilege, or immunity restricted to a sovereign or sovereign government

Prerogative

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Nugatory


adj.
1. Of little or no importance or value; trifling: The nation's interests in such a remote region were nugatory.
2. Unavailing, ineffective, futile, or invalid: Efforts to remedy the situation proved to be nugatory.
3. not valid: a nugatory law.

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean:


adj.
1. Of little or no importance or value; trifling.
2. Unavailing, ineffective, futile, or invalid.

Nugatory

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Ludology

Game studies.

Game studies or gaming theory is an academic discipline that deals with the critical study of games. More specifically, it focuses on game design, players, and their role in society and culture. Game studies is an inter-disciplinary field with researchers and academics from a multitude of other areas such as computer science, psychology, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, arts and literature, media studies, communication, theology, and more.

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean:

Game studies

Ludology

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Stipulate

v.tr.
1. To specify or agree to as a condition in an agreement: The two firms stipulated a payment deadline.
2. To agree to (a fact) in order to reduce the scope of the dispute to be resolved by a court. Used of litigants.
v.intr.
1. To state or specify a demand or provision in an agreement: The law stipulates for a ban on the chemical.
2. To form an agreement.
[Latin stipulārī, stipulāt-, to bargain.]

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean:


vb
1. (tr; may take a clause as object) to specify, often as a condition of an agreement
2. (foll by: for) to insist (on) as a term of an agreement
3. (Law) Roman law to make (an oral contract) in the form of question and answer necessary to render it legally valid
4. (tr; may take a clause as object) to guarantee or promise

Stipulate

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Herpetology


n.
The branch of zoology that deals with reptiles and amphibians.

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean:


n.
The branch of zoology that deals with reptiles and amphibians.

Herpetology

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Ichthyology


n.
The branch of zoology that deals with fishes.

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Which one of your vocaulary words mean:


n.
The branch of zoology that deals with fishes.

Ichthyology

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Ichthyology


n.
The branch of zoology that deals with fishes.

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Which one of your vocaulary words mean:


n.
The branch of zoology that deals with fishes.

Ichthyology

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Ornithology


n.
The branch of zoology that deals with birds.

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean:


n.
The branch of zoology that deals with birds.

Ornithology

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Superannuation

Noun 1. superannuation - a monthly payment made to someone who is retired from work
old-age pension, retirement benefit, retirement check, retirement fund, retirement pension
pension - a regular payment to a person that is intended to allow them to subsist without working
2. superannuation - the property of being out of date and not current
obsoleteness
oldness - the quality of being old; the opposite of newness
3. superannuation - the act of discharging someone because of age (especially to cause someone to retire from service on a pension)
dismission, sacking, liberation, firing, dismissal, release, discharge, sack - the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)

n
1. (Insurance)
a. the amount deducted regularly from employees' incomes in a contributory pension scheme
b. the pension finally paid to such employees
2. (Insurance) the act or process of superannuating or the condition of being superannuated

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Which one of your vocab words mean:

Noun 1. a monthly payment made to someone who is retired from work
old-age pension, retirement benefit, retirement check, retirement fund, retirement pension.
2. the property of being out of date and not current,obsoleteness.

3. the act of discharging someone because of age

Superannuation

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Senescence
(adj.)


adj.
1. Growing old; aging.
2. No longer dividing. Used of a cell.

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Which one of your vocab words mean:


adj.
1. Growing old; aging.
2. No longer dividing. Used of a cell.

Senescence

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Debacle
(n)


n.
1. A sudden, disastrous collapse, downfall, or defeat; a rout.
2. A total, often ludicrous failure.
3. The breaking up of ice in a river.
4. A violent flood.

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean:

1. A sudden, disastrous collapse, downfall, or defeat; a rout.
2. A total, often ludicrous failure.
3. The breaking up of ice in a river.
4. A violent flood.

Debacle

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Maladroit


adj.
Marked by a lack of adroitness; inept.
n.
An inept person.

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Which one of your words mean:

Inept

Maladroit

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Filibuster (n)

1. intentional obstruction, esp. using prolonged speech-making to delay legislative action.
2. An adventurer who engages in a private military action in a foreign country.

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Which one of your vocab words mean:
intentional obstruction, esp. using prolonged speech-making to delay legislative action.

Filibuster (n)

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Axiomatic (adj)

1.Taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth.
2. Aphoristic; containing maxims.

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean:
1.Possessing self-evident truth.
2. Aphoristic.

Axiomatic (adj)

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Perspicacious (adj)


adj
1. acutely perceptive or discerning
2. having keen eyesight
(Related to "perspective") -spec

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean:

1. acutely perceptive or discerning
2. having keen eyesight

Perspicacious (adj)

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Virulent
(adj)


adj
1. extremely poisonous, injurious, etc
2. extremely bitter, hostile, etc
3. (Pathology)
a. (of a microorganism) extremely infective
b. (of a disease) having a rapid course and violent effect

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean:

1. extremely poisonous, injurious, etc
2. extremely bitter, hostile, etc
3. (Of microorganisms and diseases) extremely infective; having a rapid course and violent effect.

Virulent
(adj)

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Adulation
(n)

Excessive flattery or admiration

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Which one of your vocab words mean:

Excessive flattery or adulation

Adulation
(n)

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Contrition
(n)


n.
1. Sincere, deeply felt remorse for wrongdoing; repentance.
2. (Theology) Christianity detestation of past sins and a resolve to make amends, either from love of God (perfect contrition) or from hope of heaven (imperfect contrition)

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Which one of your vocab words mean:

Sincere, deeply felt remorse for wrongdoing; repentance.

Contrition
(n)

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Incipient
(adj)


Beginning to exist or appear; just starting to be or happen; beginning to come into being.

"detecting incipient tumors"; "an incipient personnel problem"

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Which one of your vocab words mean:

Beginning to exist or appear; just starting to be or happen.

Incipient
(n)

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Morose

Sad, sullen, melancholy.

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Odious

Evoking intense aversion and dislike.

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Penurious
(adj)

1. Unwilling to spend money; stingy.
2. Poverty-stricken; destitute.
3. Scanty or meager: "an allowance of cold meat and bread, in the same penurious proportion observed in our ordinary meals" (Charlotte Brontë).

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Which one of your vocab words mean:

Penny-pinching; ungenerous

Penurious
(adj)