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Affront

əˈfrənt 1. an action or remark that causes outrage or offense. 2. offend the modesty or values of.

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Burnish

bərniSH 1. polish (something, esp. metal) by rubbing. 2. the shine on a highly polished surface.

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Discursive

disˈkərsiv 1. digressing from subject to subject. 2. of or relating to discourse or modes of discourse.

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Scintillating

sin(t)lˌātiNG 1. sparkling or shining brightly.

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Hokum

hōkəm 1. nonsense.

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Platitude

platiˌt(y)o͞od 1. a remark or statement, esp. one with a moral content, that has been used too often to be interesting or thoughtful.

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Trite

trīt 1. (of a remark, opinion, or idea) overused and consequently of little import; lacking originality or freshness.

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Debauch

diˈbôCH 1. destroy or debase the moral purity of; corrupt. 2. a bout of excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures, esp. eating and drinking.

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Rookery

ro͝okərē 1. a breeding colony of rooks, typically seen as a collection of nests high in a clump of trees. 2. a dense collection of housing, esp. in a slum area.

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Scullery

skəl(ə)rē 1. a small kitchen or room at the back of a house used for washing dishes and other dirty household work.

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Hewer

hyo͞oər 1. a person who cuts wood, stone, or other materials.

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Parable

parəbəl 1. a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson, as told by Jesus in the Gospels.

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Propriety

p(r)əˈprīətē 1. the state or quality of conforming to conventionally accepted standards of behavior or morals.

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Lank

laNGk 1. (of hair) long, limp, and straight.

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Wiry

wī(ə)rē 1. resembling wire in form and texture.

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Barbarous

bärbərəs 1. savagely cruel; exceedingly brutal. 2. primitive; uncivilized.

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Diffident

difidənt 1. modest or shy because of a lack of self-confidence.

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Chattel

CHatl 1. (in general use) a personal possession.

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Bight

bīt 1. a curve or recess in a coastline, river, or other geographical feature.

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Appurtenance

əˈpərtn-əns 1. an accessory or other item associated with a particular activity or style of living.

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Vagaries

vāgərē 1. an unexpected and inexplicable change in a situation or in someone's behavior.

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Indefatigable

indəˈfatigəbəl 1. (of a person or their efforts) persisting tirelessly.

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Edifice

edəfis 1. a building, esp. a large, imposing one. 2. a complex system of beliefs.

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Expurgate

ekspərˌgāt 1. remove matter thought to be objectionable or unsuitable from (a book or account).

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Conviction

kənˈvikSHən 1. a formal declaration that someone is guilty of a criminal offense, made by the verdict of a jury or the decision of a judge in a court of law. 2. a firmly held belief or opinion.