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vernacular

n. The language of one’s country.

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dead-heat

n. A race in which two or more competitors come out even, and there is no winner.

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transcendent

adj. Surpassing.

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conspicuous

adj. Clearly visible.

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aeronautics

n. the art or practice of flying aircraft

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gyrate

v. To revolve.

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discreet

adj. Judicious.

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preoccupy

v. To fill the mind of a person to the exclusion of other subjects.

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confessor

n. A spiritual advisor.

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auriferous

adj. Containing gold.

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authentic

adj. Of undisputed origin.

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protuberant

adj. Bulging.

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reflector

n. A mirror, as of metal, for reflecting light, heat, or sound in a particular direction.

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bight

n. A slightly receding bay between headlands, formed by a long curve of a coast-line.

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divergent

adj. Tending in different directions.

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embroil

v. To involve in dissension or strife.

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despicable

adj. Contemptible.

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digraph

n. A union of two characters representing a single sound.

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legible

adj. That may be read with ease.

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taciturn

adj. Disinclined to conversation.

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illusion

n. An unreal image presented to the senses.

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ravine

n. A deep gorge or hollow, especially one worn by a stream or flow of water.

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ingenuity

n. Cleverness in contriving, combining, or originating.

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vertigo

n. Dizziness.

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antecedent

n. One who or that which precedes or goes before, as in time, place, rank, order, or causality.

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dissever

v. To divide.

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collapse

v. To cause to shrink, fall in, or fail.

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variant

n. A thing that differs from another in form only, being the same in essence or substance.

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peccadillo

n. A small breach of propriety or principle.

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workmanlike

adj. Like or befitting a skilled workman.

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bustle

v. To hurry.

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peaceable

adj. Tranquil.

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humane

adj. Compassionate.

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pseudonym

n. A fictitious name, especially when assumed by a writer.

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convalescent

adj. Recovering health after sickness.

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inspector

n. An official appointed to examine or oversee any matter of public interest or importance.

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invariable

adj. Unchangeable.

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presumptuous

adj. Assuming too much.

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citadel

n. Any strong fortress.

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unbecoming

adj. Unsuited to the wearer, place, or surroundings.

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futile

adj. Of no avail or effect.

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participate

v. To receive or have a part or share of.

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pendulous

adj. Hanging, especially so as to swing by an attached end or part.

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imperfectible

adj. That can not be perfected.

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naval

adj. Pertaining to ships.

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raptorial

adj. Seizing and devouring living prey.

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bestrew

v. To sprinkle or cover with things strewn.

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grandiose

adj. Having an imposing style or effect.

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narrow-minded

adj. Characterized by illiberal views or sentiments.

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vegetation

n. Plant-life in the aggregate.

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winsome

adj. Attractive.

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pusillanimous

adj. Without spirit or bravery.

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deluge

v. To overwhelm with a flood of water.

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litigant

n. A party to a lawsuit.

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tortuous

adj. Abounding in irregular bends or turns.

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testator

n. The maker of a will.

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singe

v. To burn slightly or superficially.

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reclusory

n. A hermitage.

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confederacy

n. A number of states or persons in compact or league with each other, as for mutual aid.

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comport

v. To conduct or behave (oneself).

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cynical

adj. Exhibiting moral skepticism.

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masterpiece

n. A superior production.

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exterior

n. That which is outside.

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successor

n. One who or that which takes the place of a predecessor or preceding thing.

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insight

n. Intellectual discernment.

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parody

v. To render ludicrous by imitating the language of.

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indefinitely

adv. In a vague or uncertain way.

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liqueur

n. An alcoholic cordial sweetened and flavored with aromatic substances.

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abstruse

adj. Dealing with matters difficult to be understood.

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pantheism

n. The worship of nature for itself or its beauty.

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irrational

adj. Not possessed of reasoning powers or understanding.

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demagogue

n. An unprincipled politician.

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unconscious

adj. Not cognizant of objects, actions, etc.

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oblique

adj. Slanting; said of lines.

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confederate

n. One who is united with others in a league, compact, or agreement.

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recure

v. To cure again.

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inherence

n. The state of being permanently existing in something.

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mettle

n. Courage.

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mystification

n. The act of artfully perplexing.

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gastronomy

n. The art of preparing and serving appetizing food.

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philogynist

n. One who is fond of women.

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prostrate

adj. Lying prone, or with the head to the ground.

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batten

n. A narrow strip of wood.

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conferee

n. A person with whom another confers.

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acquire

v. To get as one’s own.

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outpost

n. A detachment of troops stationed at a distance from the main body to guard against surprise.

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foursome

adj. Consisting of four.

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repine

v. To indulge in fretfulness and faultfinding.

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martial

adj. Pertaining to war or military operations.

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lyre

n. One of the most ancient of stringed instruments of the harp class.

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flippant

adj. Having a light, pert, trifling disposition.

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suspension

n. A hanging from a support.

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outcry

n. A vehement or loud cry or clamor.

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grievance

n. That which oppresses, injures, or causes grief and at the same time a sense of wrong.

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casual

adj. Accidental, by chance.

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matter

of fact n. Something that has actual and undeniable existence or reality.

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impracticable

adj. Not feasible.

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manlike

adj. Like a man.

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louse

n. A small insect parasitic on and sucking the blood of mammals.

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unwise

adj. Foolish.

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contender

n. One who exerts oneself in opposition or rivalry.

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surety

n. Security for payment or performance.

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personal

adj. Not general or public.

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persistence

n. A fixed adherence to a resolve, course of conduct, or the like.

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peevish

adj. Petulant. (irritable)

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expulsion

n. Forcible ejection.

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bombast

n. Inflated or extravagant language, especially on unimportant subjects.

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philanthropic

adj. Benevolent.

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commentary

n. A series of illustrative or explanatory notes on any important work.

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partible

adj. Separable.

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facility

n. Ease.

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isle

n. An island.

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resistance

n. The exertion of opposite effort or effect.

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propitious

adj. Kindly disposed.

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licit

adj. Lawful.

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ambitious

adj. Eagerly desirous and aspiring.

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parse

v. To describe, as a sentence, by separating it into its elements and describing each word.

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suave

adj. Smooth and pleasant in manner.

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aspiration

n. An earnest wish for that which is above one’s present reach.

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solecism

n. Any violation of established rules or customs.

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penitential

adj. Pertaining to sorrow for sin with desire to amend and to atone.

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instill

v. To infuse.

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compliment

v. To address or gratify with expressions of delicate praise.

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obstruct

v. To fill with impediments so as to prevent passage, either wholly or in part.

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intolerant

adj. Bigoted.

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narrate

v. To tell a story.

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pitiless

adj. Hard-hearted.

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prelude

n. An introductory or opening performance.

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gratify

v. To please, as by satisfying a physical or mental desire or need.

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recuperate

v. To recover.

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subordinate

adj. Belonging to an inferior order in a classification.

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translucent

adj. Allowing the passage of light.

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polytechnic

adj. Pertaining to, embracing, or practicing many arts.

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inure

v. To harden or toughen by use, exercise, or exposure.

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atrocity

n. Great cruelty or reckless wickedness.

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impassive

adj. Unmoved by or not exhibiting feeling.

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enormous

adj. Gigantic.

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inlet

n. A small body of water leading into a larger.

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dictum

n. A positive utterance.

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prudery

n. An undue display of modesty or delicacy.

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assignee

n. One who is appointed to act for another in the management of certain property and interests.

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choleric

adj. Easily provoked to anger.

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convivial

adj. Devoted to feasting, or to good-fellowship in eating or drinking.

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fidelity

n. Loyalty.

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consensus

n. A collective unanimous opinion of a number of persons.

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plurality

n. A majority.

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reconnoiter

v. To make a preliminary examination of for military, surveying, or geological purposes.

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encomium

n. A formal or discriminating expression of praise.

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lexicography

n. The making of dictionaries.

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salutation

n. Any form of greeting, hailing, or welcome, whether by word or act.

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mutation

n. The act or process of change.

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felony

n. One of the highest class of offenses, and punishable with death or imprisonment.

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decamp

v. To leave suddenly or unexpectedly.

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kerchief

n. A square of linen, silk, or other material, used as a covering for the head or neck.

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derrick

n. An apparatus for hoisting and swinging great weights.

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circumscribe

v. To confine within bounds.

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waif

n. A homeless, neglected wanderer.

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inseparable

adj. That can not be separated.

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abyss

n. Bottomless gulf.

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elocution

n. The art of correct intonation, inflection, and gesture in public speaking or reading.

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emergence

n. A coming into view.

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consumption

n. Gradual destruction, as by burning, eating, etc., or by using up, wearing out, etc.

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inadequate

adj. Insufficient.

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salience

n. The condition of standing out distinctly.

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reconcilable

adj. Capable of being adjusted or harmonized.

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infest

v. To be present in such numbers as to be a source of annoyance, trouble, or danger.

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despite

prep. In spite of.

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head

foremost adv. Precipitately, as in diving.

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crass

adj. Coarse or thick in nature or structure, as opposed to thin or fine.

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pentameter

n. In prosody, a line of verse containing five units or feet.

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prefatory

adj. Pertaining to a brief explanation to the reader at the beginning of a book.

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superabundance

n. An excessive amount.

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defraud

v. To deprive of something dishonestly.

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ration

v. To provide with a fixed allowance or portion, especially of food.

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reservoir

n. A receptacle where a quantity of some material, especially of a liquid or gas, may be kept.

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pleasurable

adj. Affording gratification.

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Catholicism

n. The system, doctrine, and practice of the Roman Catholic Church.

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lacteal

adj. Milky.

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yearling

n. A young animal past its first year and not yet two years old.

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perpetrator

n. The doer of a wrong or a criminal act.

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outstretch

v. To extend.

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lascivious

adj. Lustful.

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knavery

n. Deceitfulness in dealing.

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affix

v. To fasten.

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inexcusable

adj. Not to be justified.

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partition

n. That which separates anything into distinct parts.

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barograph

n. An instrument that registers graphically and continuously the atmospheric pressure.

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denude

v. To strip the covering from.

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blithesome

adj. Cheerful.

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panorama

n. A series of large pictures representing a continuous scene.

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prehension

n. The act of laying hold of or grasping.

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opulent

adj. Wealthy.

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enrage

v. To infuriate.

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probation

n. Any proceeding designed to ascertain or test character, qualification, or the like.

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accompanist

n. One who or that which accompanies.

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ignominious

adj. Shameful.

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balsam

n. A medical preparation, aromatic and oily, used for healing.

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evict

v. To dispossess pursuant to judicial decree.

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grimace

n. A distortion of the features, occasioned by some feeling of pain, disgust, etc.

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needlework

n. Embroidery.