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precipitate
(v) /prɪˈsɪpɪteɪt/
(adj) /prɪˈsɪpɪtət/
(n) /prɪˈsɪpɪtət/

1. (v) Cause (an event or situation, typically one that is undesirable) to happen suddenly, unexpectedly, or prematurely
Cause to move suddenly and with force
(precipitate someone/thing into) Send someone or something suddenly into a particular state or condition
2. (adj) Done, made, or acting suddenly or without careful consideration
Occurring suddenly or abruptly

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apologist (n)
/əˈpɒlədʒɪst/

A person who offers an argument in defence of something controversial

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askance /əˈskans/ (adv)
askant /əˈskant/

With an attitude or look of suspicion or disapproval

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akimbo (adv)
/əˈkɪmbəʊ/

With hands on the hips and elbows turned outwards
(With reference to limbs) flung out widely or haphazardly

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haphazardly (adv)
/hapˈhazədli/

In a manner lacking any obvious principle of organization

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vicissitude (n)
/vɪˈsɪsɪtjuːd/

1. A change of circumstances or fortune, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant
2. Alternation between opposite or contrasting things

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lackey
/ˈlaki/

1. (n) A servant, especially a liveried footman or manservant
(derogatory) A person who is obsequiously willing to obey or serve another person
2. (n) A brownish European moth of woods and hedgerows, the caterpillars of which live communally in a silken tent on the food tree
3. (v) Behave servilely towards; wait on as a lackey

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demarcate (v)
/ˈdiːmɑːkeɪt/

Set the boundaries or limits of
Separate or distinguish from

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whitewash
/ˈwʌɪtwɒʃ/

1. (n) A solution of lime and water or of whiting, size, and water, used for painting walls white
A deliberate attempt to conceal unpleasant or incriminating facts about a person or organization in order to protect their reputation
2. (n) A victory by the same side in every game of a series
3. (v) Paint (a wall, building, or room) with whitewash
Deliberately attempt to conceal unpleasant or incriminating facts about (a person or organization)
4. (v) Defeat (an opponent) in every game of a series

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trumpet
/ˈtrʌmpɪt/

1. (n) A brass musical instrument
A sound resembling that of a trumpet, especially the loud cry of an elephant
2. (v) Play a trumpet
Make a loud, penetrating sound resembling that of a trumpet
3. (v) Proclaim widely or loudly

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proclaim (v)
/prəˈkleɪm/

1. Announce officially or publicly
2. Indicate clearly

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improvident (adj)
/ɪmˈprɒvɪd(ə)nt/

Not having or showing foresight; spendthrift or thoughtless

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spendthrift (n)
/ˈspɛn(d)θrɪft/

A person who spends money in an extravagant, irresponsible way

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grandiloquent (adj)
/ɡranˈdɪləkwənt/

Pompous or extravagant in language, style, or manner, especially in a way that is intended to impress

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emblematic (adj)
/ˌɛmbləˈmatɪk/

Serving as a symbol of a particular quality or concept; symbolic

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aghast (adj)
/əˈɡɑːst/

Filled with horror or shock