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denouement

n. That part of a play or story in which the mystery is cleared up.

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incendiary

n. Chemical or person who starts a fire-literally or figuratively.

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audible

adj. Loud enough to be heard.

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variable

adj. Having a tendency to change.

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stripling

n. A mere youth.

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disjunctive

adj. Helping or serving to disconnect or separate.

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anagram

n. The letters of a word or phrase so transposed as to make a different word or phrase.

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overpass

v. To pass across or over, as a river.

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pervert

n. One who has forsaken a doctrine regarded as true for one esteemed false.

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solicitude

n. Uneasiness of mind occasioned by desire, anxiety, or fear.

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satyr

n. A very lascivious person.

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demonstrator

n. One who proves in a convincing and conclusive manner.

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angelic

adj. Saintly.

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honorarium

n. A token fee or payment to a professional man for services.

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nauseous

adj. Loathsome.

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metamorphosis

n. A passing from one form or shape into another.

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animate

v. To make alive.

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castigate

v. To punish.

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meander

v. To wind and turn while proceeding in a course.

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fictitious

adj. Created or formed by the imagination.

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fervid

adj. Intense.

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excess

n. That which passes the ordinary, proper, or required limit, measure, or experience.

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synchronism

n. Simultaneousness.

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predicament

n. A difficult, trying situation or plight.

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impersuadable

adj. Unyielding.

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contraband

n. Trade forbidden by law or treaty.

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sapience

n. Deep wisdom or knowledge.

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sear

v. To burn on the surface.

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inquisitor

n. One who makes an investigation.

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dissatisfy

v. To displease.

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polyhedron

n. A solid bounded by plane faces, especially by more than four.

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promulgate

v. To proclaim.

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vindicative

adj. Revengeful.

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finally

adv. At last.

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typify

v. To serve as a characteristic example of.

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incitement

n. That which moves to action, or serves as an incentive or stimulus.

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grantee

n. The person to whom property is transferred by deed.

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conciliatory

adj. Tending to reconcile.

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Gordian

knot n. Any difficulty the only issue out of which is by bold or unusual manners.

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insistence

n. Urgency.

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nominal

adj. Trivial.

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comely

adj. Handsome.

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introductory

adj. Preliminary.

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enshrine

v. To keep sacred.

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quarto

n. An eight-page newspaper of any size.

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surreptitious

adj. Clandestine.

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spurious

adj. Not genuine.

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bier

n. A horizontal framework with two handles at each end for carrying a corpse to the grave.

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vacuum

n. A space entirely devoid of matter.

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gyroscope

n. An instrument for illustrating the laws of rotation.

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penetrable

adj. That may be pierced by physical, moral, or intellectual force.

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eureka

Greek. I have found it.

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grievous

adj. Creating affliction.

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succumb

v. To cease to resist.

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galvanic

adj. Pertaining or relating to electricity produced by chemical action.

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militarism

n. A policy of maintaining great standing armies.

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esquire

n. A title of dignity, office, or courtesy.

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numeration

n. The act or art of reading or naming numbers.

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precede

v. To happen first.

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irreducible

adj. That can not be lessened.

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benediction

n. a solemn invocation of the divine blessing.

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transferrer

n. One who or that which conveys from one person or place to another.

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vociferance

n. The quality of making a clamor.

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necrology

n. A list of persons who have died in a certain place or time.

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somnolent

adj. Sleepy.

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stigma

n. A mark of infamy or token of disgrace attaching to a person as the result of evil-doing.

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atone

v. To make amends for.

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canine

adj. Characteristic of a dog.

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syllabication

n. Division of words into that which is uttered in a single vocal impulse.

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conjoin

v. To unite.

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confluence

n. The place where streams meet.

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anonymous

adj. Of unknown authorship.

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benefice

n. A church office endowed with funds or property for the maintenance of divine service.

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benignant

adj. Benevolent in feeling, character, or aspect.

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repentance

n. Sorrow for something done or left undone, with desire to make things right by undoing the wrong.

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denominator

n. Part of a fraction which expresses the number of equal parts into which the unit is divided.

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defame

v. To slander.

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knight

errant n. One of the wandering knights who in the middle ages went forth in search of adventure.

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recessive

adj. Having a tendency to go back.

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heterodox

adj. At variance with any commonly accepted doctrine or opinion.

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confident

adj. Assured.

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aberration

n. Deviation from a right, customary, or prescribed course.

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incisor

n. A front or cutting tooth.

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exemplary

adj. Fitted to serve as a model or example worthy of imitation.

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witling

n. A person who has little understanding.

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necropolis

n. A city of the dead.

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by-law

n. A rule or law adopted by an association, a corporation, or the like.

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prudential

adj. Proceeding or marked by caution.

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mollify

v. To soothe.

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priggish

adj. Conceited.

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extenuate

v. To diminish the gravity or importance of.

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perfunctory

adj. Half-hearted.

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imitator

n. One who makes in imitation.

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sentence

n. A related group of words containing a subject and a predicate and expressing a complete thought.

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submarine

adj. Existing, done, or operating beneath the surface of the sea.

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prescription

n. An authoritative direction.

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exaggerate

v. To overstate.

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pare

v. To cut, shave, or remove (the outside) from anything.

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prodigy

n. A person or thing of very remarkable gifts or qualities.

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overweight

n. Preponderance.

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succinct

adj. Concise.

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domination

n. Control by the exercise of power or constituted authority.

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vociferate

v. To utter with a loud and vehement voice.

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abominable

adj. Very hateful.

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mitigate

v. To make milder or more endurable.

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theorist

n. One given to speculating.

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primeval

adj. Belonging to the first ages.

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mien

n. The external appearance or manner of a person.

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laudation

n. High praise.

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fancier

n. One having a taste for or interest in special objects.

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hybrid

adj. Cross-bred.

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bulrush

n. Any one of various tall rush-like plants growing in damp ground or water.

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undervalue

v. To underestimate.

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archaeology

n. The branch of anthropology concerned with the systematic investigation of the relics of man.

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acidify

v. To change into acid.

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tapestry

n. A fabric to which a pattern is applied with a needle, designed for ornamental hangings.

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complicity

n. Participation or partnership, as in wrong-doing or with a wrong-doer.

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nutriment

n. That which nourishes.

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immigrate

v. To come into a country or region from a former habitat.

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seignior

n. A title of honor or respectful address, equivalent to sir.

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theorize

v. To speculate.

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badger

v. To pester.

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herbaceous

adj. Having the character of a herb.

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loquacious

adj. Talkative.

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betide

v. To happen to or befall.

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divisor

n. That by which a number or quantity is divided.

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tireless

adj. Untiring.

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successful

adj. Having reached a high degree of worldly prosperity.

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substantive

adj. Solid.

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endurable

adj. Tolerable.

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abdicate

v. To give up (royal power or the like).

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insolent

adj. Impudent.

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executor

n. A person nominated by the will of another to execute the will.

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semiannual

adj. Recurring at intervals of six months.

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symmetry

n. Relative proportion and harmony.

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corporate

adj. Belonging to a corporation.

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quiescent

adj. Being in a state of repose or inaction.

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receptive

adj. Having the capacity, quality, or ability of receiving, as truths or impressions.

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aborigines

n. The original of earliest known inhabitants of a country.

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terse

adj. Pithy.

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ostentation

n. A display dictated by vanity and intended to invite applause or flattery.

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rudimentary

adj. Being in an initial, early, or incomplete stage of development.

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intimacy

n. Close or confidential friendship.

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obtrusive

adj. Tending to be pushed or to push oneself into undue prominence.

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burgess

n. In colonial times, a member of the lower house of the legislature of Maryland or Virginia.

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timbre

n. The quality of a tone, as distinguished from intensity and pitch.

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pretentious

adj. Marked by pretense, conceit, or display.

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invert

v. To turn inside out, upside down, or in opposite direction.

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irradiance

n. Luster.

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espy

v. To keep close watch.

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foppish

adj. Characteristic of one who is unduly devoted to dress and the niceties of manners.

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polysyllable

adj. Having several syllables, especially more than three syllables.

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befriend

v. To be a friend to, especially when in need.

154

foist

v. To palm off.

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equivocate

v. To use words of double meaning.

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contumacious

adj. Rebellious.

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deride

v. To ridicule.

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proctor

n. An agent acting for another.

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diatomic

adj. Containing only two atoms.

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oratorio

n. A composition for solo voices, chorus, and orchestra, generally taken from the Scriptures.

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clarify

v. To render intelligible.

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proscription

n. Any act of condemnation and rejection from favor and privilege.

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eulogy

n. A spoken or written laudation of a person’s life or character.

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philologist

n. An expert in linguistics.

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mutiny

n. Rebellion against lawful or constituted authority.

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sinecure

n. Any position having emoluments with few or no duties.

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divisible

adj. Capable of being separated into parts.

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demobilize

v. To disband, as troops.

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regimen

n. A systematized order or course of living with reference to food, clothing and personal habits.

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inopportune

adj. Unsuitable or inconvenient, especially as to time.

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chateau

n. A castle or manor-house.

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condescend

v. To come down voluntarily to equal terms with inferiors.

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senile

adj. Peculiar to or proceeding from the weakness or infirmity of old age.

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homologous

adj. Identical in nature, make-up, or relation.

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nutritive

adj. Having nutritious properties.

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denominate

v. To give a name or epithet to.

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discolor

v. To stain.

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encompass

v. To encircle.

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upbraid

v. To reproach as deserving blame.

180

descendant

n. One who is descended lineally from another, as a child, grandchild, etc.

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viol

n. A stringed instrument of the violin class.

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fraudulent

adj. Counterfeit.

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disrepute

n. A bad name or character.

184

arbor

n. A tree.

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siren

n. A sea-nymph, described by Homer as dwelling between the island of Circe and Scylla.

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savor

v. To perceive by taste or smell.

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subtle

adj. Discriminating.

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connoisseur

n. A critical judge of art, especially one with thorough knowledge and sound judgment of art.

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belate

v. To delay past the proper hour.

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passive

adj. Unresponsive.

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suppression

n. A forcible putting or keeping down.

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wintry

adj. Lacking warmth of manner.

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obstreperous

adj. Boisterous.

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inconstant

adj. Changeable.

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gamut

n. The whole range or sequence.

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explicate

v. To clear from involvement.

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accordion

n. A portable free-reed musical instrument.

198

crematory

adj. A place for cremating dead bodies.

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regiment

n. A body of soldiers.

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pall

v. To make dull by satiety.