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cudgel

n. A short thick stick used as a club.

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extraordinary

adj. Unusual.

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ode

n. The form of lyric poetry anciently intended to be sung.

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malcontent

n. One who is dissatisfied with the existing state of affairs.

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trivial

adj. Of little importance or value.

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infirmary

n. A place for the reception or treatment of the sick.

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laborious

adj. Toilsome.

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free

trade n. Commerce unrestricted by tariff or customs.

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idiom

n. A use of words peculiar to a particular language.

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exhaust

v. To empty by draining off the contents.

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inquisition

n. A court or tribunal for examination and punishment of heretics.

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planisphere

n. A polar projection of the heavens on a chart.

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luxuriate

v. To live sumptuously.

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luminescent

adj. Showing increase of light.

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regent

n. One who is lawfully deputized to administer the government for the time being in the name of the ruler.

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transatlantic

adj. Situated beyond or on the other side of the Atlantic.

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absorb

v. To drink in or suck up, as a sponge absorbs water.

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original

adj. Not copied nor produced by imitation.

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unctuous

adj. Oily.

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stagnate

v. To become dull or inert.

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penitential

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

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advocate

n. One who pleads the cause of another, as in a legal or ecclesiastical court.

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lovable

adj. Amiable.

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beneficial

adj. Helpful.

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littoral

adj. Of, pertaining to, or living on a shore.

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retrogression

n. A going or moving backward or in a reverse direction.

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despicable

adj. Contemptible.

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ally

n. A person or thing connected with another, usually in some relation of helpfulness.

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transition

n. Passage from one place, condition, or action to another.

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specialize

v. To assume an individual or specific character, or adopt a singular or special course.

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nautical

adj. Pertaining to ships, seamen, or navigation.

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reverent

adj. Humble.

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pandemonium

n. A fiendish or riotous uproar.

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amplitude

n. Largeness.

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obstruction

n. Hindrance.

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consonance

n. The state or quality of being in accord with.

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redolence

n. Smelling sweet and agreeable.

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influence

n. Ability to sway the will of another.

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inexpensive

adj. Low-priced.

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typography

n. The arrangement of composed type, or the appearance of printed matter.

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grapple

v. To take hold of.

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obdurate

adj. Impassive to feelings of humanity or pity.

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nude

adj. Naked.

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microcosm

n. The world or universe on a small scale.

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peddler

n. One who travels from house to house with an assortment of goods for retail.

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Omnipotent

adj. Possessed of unlimited and universal power.

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gusto

n. Keen enjoyment.

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confinement

n. Restriction within limits or boundaries.

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reciprocity

n. Equal mutual rights and benefits granted and enjoyed.

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inverse

adj. Contrary in tendency or direction.

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adieu

inter. Good-by; farewell.

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intoxicant

n. Anything that unduly exhilarates or excites.

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necrology

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

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hypodermic

adj. Pertaining to the area under the skin.

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chronometer

n. A portable timekeeper of the highest attainable precision.

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enshrine

v. To keep sacred.

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understate

v. To fail to put strongly enough, as a case.

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thereabout

adv. Near that number, quantity, degree, place, or time, approximately.

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intelligible

adj. Comprehensible.

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submission

n. A yielding to the power or authority of another.

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exemplify

v. To show by example.

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analogous

adj. Corresponding (to some other) in certain respects, as in form, proportion, relations.

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leaven

v. To make light by fermentation, as dough.

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euphony

n. Agreeableness of sound.

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machinery

n. The parts of a machine or engine, taken collectively.

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tiresome

adj. Wearisome.

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Calvinize

v. To teach or imbue with the doctrines of Calvinism.

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deprave

v. To render bad, especially morally bad.

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superabundance

n. An excessive amount.

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spurious

adj. Not genuine.

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negate

v. To deny.

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remuneration

n. Compensation.

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parricide

n. The murder of a parent.

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sordid

adj. Of degraded character or nature.

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prate

v. To talk about vainly or foolishly.

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impersonal

adj. Not relating to a particular person or thing.

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irrational

adj. Not possessed of reasoning powers or understanding.

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iridescence

n. A many-colored appearance.

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nuisance

n. That which annoys, vexes, or irritates.

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naval

adj. Pertaining to ships.

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supple

adj. Easily bent.

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lascivious

adj. Lustful.

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deplete

v. To reduce or lessen, as by use, exhaustion, or waste.

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emergent

adj. Coming into view.

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encumber

v. To impede with obstacles.

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liberalism

n. Opposition to conservatism.

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credulous

adj. Easily deceived.

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hindmost

adj. Farthest from the front.

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generally

adv. Ordinarily.

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inestimable

adj. Above price.

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chasm

n. A yawning hollow, as in the earth’s surface.

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ultramundane

adj. Pertaining to supernatural things or to another life.

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tripod

n. A three-legged stand, usually hinged near the top, for supporting some instrument.

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intrepid

adj. Fearless and bold.

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missal

n. The book containing the service for the celebration of mass.

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superb

adj. Sumptuously elegant.

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refusal

n. Denial of what is asked.

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permanence

n. A continuance in the same state, or without any change that destroys the essential form or nature.

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perhaps

adv. Possibly.

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demonstrator

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

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hydrometer

n. An instrument for determining the density of solids and liquids by flotation.

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rapine

n. The act of seizing and carrying off property by superior force, as in war.

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unbecoming

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

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arboriculture

n. The cultivation of trees or shrubs.

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sympathize

v. To share the sentiments or mental states of another.

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circumlocution

n. Indirect or roundabout expression.

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diabolic

adj. Characteristic of the devil.

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duplicity

n. Double-dealing.

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coerce

v. To force.

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protector

n. A defender.

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guinea

n. An English monetary unit.

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vegetative

adj. Pertaining to the process of plant-life.

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insuppressible

adj. Incapable of being concealed.

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bountiful

adj. Showing abundance.

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foreknowledge

n. Prescience.

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magnetize

v. To make a magnet of, permanently, or temporarily.

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obligatory

adj. Binding in law or conscience.

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docket

n. The registry of judgments of a court.

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admissible

adj. Having the right or privilege of entry.

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trammel

n. An impediment.

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mischievous

adj. Fond of tricks.

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disapprove

v. To regard with blame.

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inquisitive

adj. Given to questioning, especially out of curiosity.

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moribund

adj. On the point of dying.

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condense

v. To abridge.

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maintenance

n. That which supports or sustains.

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pitiless

adj. Hard-hearted.

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rearrange

v. To arrange again or in a different order.

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clothier

n. One who makes or sells cloth or clothing.

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joust

v. To engage in a tilt with lances on horseback.

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outweigh

v. To surpass in importance or excellence.

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rebellious

adj. Insubordinate.

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forswear

v. To renounce upon oath.

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superficial

adj. Knowing and understanding only the ordinary and the obvious.

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corpulent

adj. Obese.

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interrogatory

n. A question or inquiry.

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autonomy

n. Self-government.

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solar

adj. Pertaining to the sun.

139

postscript

n. Something added to a letter after the writer’s signature.

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pollute

v. To contaminate.

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census

n. An official numbering of the people of a country or district.

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principal

adj. Most important.

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Protestant

n. A Christian who denies the authority of the Pope and holds the right of special judgment.

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similar

adj. Bearing resemblance to one another or to something else.

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annual

adj. Occurring every year.

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remunerate

v. To pay or pay for.

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obstetrics

n. The branch of medical science concerned with the treatment and care of women during pregnancy.

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truculent

adj. Having the character or the spirit of a savage.

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vociferate

v. To utter with a loud and vehement voice.

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emphasis

n. Any special impressiveness added to an utterance or act, or stress laid upon some word.

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Stoicism

n. The principles or the practice of the Stoics-being very even tempered in success and failure.

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termagant

adj. Violently abusive and quarrelsome.

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insolent

adj. Impudent.

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hoarse

adj. Having the voice harsh or rough, as from a cold or fatigue.

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minute

adj. Exceedingly small in extent or quantity.

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insipid

adj. Tasteless.

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brigadier

n. General officer who commands a brigade, ranking between a colonel and a major-general.

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extension

n. A reaching or stretching out, as in space, time or scope.

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nonpareil

n. One who or that which is of unequaled excellence.

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perpetrator

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

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incident

n. A happening in general, especially one of little importance.

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vista

n. A view or prospect.

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bumptious

adj. Full of offensive and aggressive self-conceit.

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heartrending

adj. Very depressing.

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obstreperous

adj. Boisterous.

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apparent

adj. Easily understood.

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ungainly

adj. Clumsy.

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disparage

v. To regard or speak of slightingly.

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ruminate

v. To chew over again, as food previously swallowed and regurgitated.

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redolent

adj. Smelling sweet and agreeable.

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countervail

v. To offset.

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theoretical

adj. Directed toward knowledge for its own sake without respect to applications.

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tortious

adj. Wrongful.

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intermission

n. A recess.

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homologous

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

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adjudge

v. To award or bestow by formal decision.

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vindicatory

adj. Punitive.

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witling

n. A person who has little understanding.

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mimic

v. To imitate the speech or actions of.

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corrosive

n. That which causes gradual decay by crumbling or surface disintegration.

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diminution

n. Reduction.

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defensible

adj. Capable of being maintained or justified.

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frankincense

n. A gum or resin which on burning yields aromatic fumes.

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defamation

n. Malicious and groundless injury done to the reputation or good name of another.

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penetrate

v. To enter or force a way into the interior parts of.

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afterthought

n. A thought that comes later than its appropriate or expected time.

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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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ordinal

n. That form of the numeral that shows the order of anything in a series, as first, second, third.

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insistent

adj. Urgent.

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polyarchy

n. Government by several or many persons of what- ever class.

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vestment

n. Clothing or covering.

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irresistible

adj. That can not be successfully withstood or opposed.

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zodiac

n. An imaginary belt encircling the heavens within which are the larger planets.

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obsolete

adj. No longer practiced or accepted.

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transcript

n. A copy made directly from an original.

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characterize

v. To describe by distinctive marks or peculiarities.

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position

n. The manner in which a thing is placed.

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recure

v. To cure again.

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entreaty

n. An earnest request.

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irreverent

adj. Showing or expressing a deficiency of veneration, especially for sacred things.