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luminary

n. One of the heavenly bodies as a source of light.

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misinterpret

v. To misunderstand.

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relent

v. To yield.

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working-man

n. One who earns his bread by manual labor.

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drachma

n. A modern and an ancient Greek coin.

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insidious

adj. Working ill by slow and stealthy means.

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ligneous

adj. Having the texture of appearance of wood.

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regretful

adj. Feeling, expressive of, or full of regret.

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caprice

n. A whim.

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functionary

n. An official.

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uproot

v. To eradicate.

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conciliatory

adj. Tending to reconcile.

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nectar

n. Any especially sweet and delicious drink.

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accessory

n. A person or thing that aids the principal agent.

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congeal

v. To coagulate.

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manufacturer

n. A person engaged in manufacturing as a business.

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gyrate

v. To revolve.

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vainglory

n. Excessive, pretentious, and demonstrative vanity.

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annalist

n. Historian.

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persuadable

adj. capable of influencing to action by entreaty, statement, or anything that moves the feelings.

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objector

n. One who objects, as to a proposition, measure, or ruling.

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precipitate

v. To force forward prematurely.

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risible

adj. capable of exciting laughter.

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assay

n. The chemical analysis or testing of an alloy ore.

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fabricate

v. To invent fancifully or falsely.

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derrick

n. An apparatus for hoisting and swinging great weights.

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fuse

v. To unite or blend as by melting together.

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vacuum

n. A space entirely devoid of matter.

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borough

n. An incorporated village or town.

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consistency

n. A state of permanence.

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symphonic

adj. Characterized by a harmonious or agreeable mingling of sounds.

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dissonant

adj. Harsh or disagreeable in sound.

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trepidation

n. Nervous uncertainty of feeling.

34

usury

n. The demanding for the use of money as a loan, a rate of interest beyond what is allowed by law.

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ministry

n. A service.

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metaphysician

n. One skilled in metaphysics.

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rampant

adj. Growing, climbing, or running without check or restraint.

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scholarly

adj. Characteristic of an erudite person.

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forcible

adj. Violent.

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pervasion

n. The state of spreading through every part.

41

kinsfolk

n. pl. Relatives.

42

turgid

adj. Swollen.

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simulate

v. Imitate.

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patter

v. To mumble something over and over.

45

quarto

n. An eight-page newspaper of any size.

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pentad

n. The number five.

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stellar

adj. Pertaining to the stars.

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manumission

n. Emancipation.

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obligate

v. To hold to the fulfillment of duty.

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eschew

v. To keep clear of.

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missive

n. A message in writing.

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parody

v. To render ludicrous by imitating the language of.

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distillation

n. Separation of the more volatile parts of a substance from those less volatile.

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ebullient

adj. Showing enthusiasm or exhilaration of feeling.

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pauper

n. One without means of support.

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metaphysical

adj. Philosophical.

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habitant

n. Dweller.

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ashen

adj. Pale.

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Occident

n. The countries lying west of Asia and the Turkish dominions.

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florid

adj. Flushed with red.

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warlike

adj. Belligerent.

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substantive

adj. Solid.

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satirize

v. To treat with sarcasm or derisive wit.

64

ordnance

n. A general name for all kinds of weapons and their appliances used in war.

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unnecessary

adj. Not essential under the circumstances.

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obstruct

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

67

diplomacy

n. Tact, shrewdness, or skill in conducting any kind of negotiations or in social matters.

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spherometer

n. An instrument for measuring curvature or radii of spherical surfaces.

69

desist

v. To cease from action.

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mandatory

adj. Expressive of positive command, as distinguished from merely directory.

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mercenary

adj. Greedy

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airy

adj. Delicate, ethereal.

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odium

n. A feeling of extreme repugnance, or of dislike and disgust.

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predominant

adj. Superior in power, influence, effectiveness, number, or degree.

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requital

n. Adequate return for good or ill.

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recognize

v. To recall the identity of (a person or thing).

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Epicurean

adj. Indulging, ministering, or pertaining to daintiness of appetite.

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severely

adv. Extremely.

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pollen

n. The fine dust-like grains or powder formed within the anther of a flowering plant.

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coagulant

adj. Producing coagulation.

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exclamation

n. An abrupt or emphatic expression of thought or of feeling.

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suasion

n. The act of persuading.

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azure

n. The color of the sky.

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maleficent

adj. Mischievous.

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intricate

adj. Difficult to follow or understand.

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translucence

n. The property or state of allowing the passage of light.

87

cabal

n. A number of persons secretly united for effecting by intrigue some private purpose.

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abidance

n. An abiding. (abide: continue, wait for, endure, dwell)

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rebut

v. To oppose by argument or a sufficient answer.

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begrudge

v. To envy one of the possession of.

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anticlimax

n. A gradual or sudden decrease in the importance or impressiveness of what is said.

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photometer

n. Any instrument for measuring the intensity of light or comparing the intensity of two lights.

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continence

n. Self-restraint with respect to desires, appetites, and passion.

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bellicose

adj. Warlike.

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excel

v. To be superior or distinguished.

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jocose

adj. Done or made in jest.

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desert

v. To abandon without regard to the welfare of the abandoned

98

orthopedist

n. One who practices the correcting or preventing of deformity

99

olfactory

adj. of or pertaining to the sense of smell.

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imitator

n. One who makes in imitation.

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comparison

n. Examination of two or more objects with reference to their likeness or unlikeness.

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astute

adj. Keen in discernment.

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proportionate

adj. Being in proportion.

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collector

n. One who makes a collection, as of objects of art, books, or the like.

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oddity

n. An eccentricity.

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abbey

n. The group of buildings which collectively form the dwelling-place of a society of monks or nuns.

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excess

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

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parley

v. To converse in.

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freethinker

n. One who rejects authority or inspiration in religion.

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allude

v. To refer incidentally, or by suggestion.

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profession

n. Any calling or occupation involving special mental or other special disciplines.

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consolidate

v. To combine into one body or system.

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bulwark

n. Anything that gives security or defense.

114

ultramontane

adj. Beyond the mountains, especially beyond the Alps (that is, on their Italian side).

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generic

adj. Noting a genus or kind; opposed to specific.

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exclusion

n. Non-admission.

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corpse

n. A dead body.

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apprehend

v. To make a prisoner of (a person) in the name of the law.

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sibilant

adj. Made with a hissing sound.

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petulant

adj. Displaying impatience.

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compulsory

adj. Forced.

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typical

adj. Characteristic.

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corrosion

n. Gradual decay by crumbling or surface disintegration.

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fervor

n. Ardor or intensity of feeling.

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archaeology

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

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quiescence

n. Quiet.

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defensive

adj. Carried on in resistance to aggression.

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formula

n. Fixed rule or set form.

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nefarious

adj. Wicked in the extreme.

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devious

adj. Out of the common or regular track.

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forecast

v. To predict.

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chivalry

n. The knightly system of feudal times with its code, usages and practices.

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causal

adj. Indicating or expressing a cause.

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regnant

adj. Exercising royal authority in one’s own right.

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vertigo

n. Dizziness.

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palate

n. The roof of the mouth.

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demeanor

n. Deportment.

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intromit

v. To insert.

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luminosity

n. The quality of giving or radiating light.

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appall

v. To fill with dismay or horror.

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reversion

n. A return to or toward some former state or condition.

142

divest

v. To strip, specifically of clothes, ornaments, or accouterments or disinvestment.

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stagnant

adj. Not flowing: said of water, as in a pool.

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remonstrance

n. Reproof.

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exhaustion

n. Deprivation of strength or energy.

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wearisome

adj. Fatiguing.

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vegetarian

n. One who believes in the theory that man’s food should be exclusively vegetable.

148

diurnal

adj. Daily.

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equity

n. Fairness or impartiality.

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generosity

n. A disposition to give liberally or to bestow favors heartily.

151

preordain

v. To foreordain.

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utilitarianism

n. The ethical doctrine that actions are right because they are useful or of beneficial tendency.

153

travail

n. Hard or agonizing labor.

154

foresail

n. A square sail.

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preferential

adj. Possessing, giving, or constituting preference or priority.

156

anxious

adj. Distressed in mind respecting some uncertain matter.

157

subvert

v. To bring to ruin.

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violator

n. One who transgresses.

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adverse

adj. Opposing or opposed.

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archaic

adj. Antiquated

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infirm

adj. Lacking in bodily or mental strength.

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logician

n. An expert reasoner.

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hale

adj. Of sound and vigorous health.

164

piecemeal

adv. Gradually.

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pleasurable

adj. Affording gratification.

166

rectify

v. To correct.

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cathode

n. The negative pole or electrode of a galvanic battery.

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diacritical

adj. Marking a difference.

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batten

n. A narrow strip of wood.

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fretful

adj. Disposed to peevishness.

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autarchy

n. Unrestricted power.

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duteous

adj. Showing submission to natural superiors.

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anachronism

n. Anything occurring or existing out of its proper time.

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accouter

v. To dress.

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unaccountable

adj. Inexplicable.

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maltreat

v. To treat ill, unkindly, roughly, or abusively.

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recreant

n. A cowardly or faithless person.

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defraud

v. To deprive of something dishonestly.

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taciturn

adj. Disinclined to conversation.

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retrench

v. To cut down or reduce in extent or quantity.

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incessant

adj. Unceasing.

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pervasive

adj. Thoroughly penetrating or permeating.

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prescient

adj. Foreknowing.

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immutable

adj. Unchangeable.

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extricate

v. Disentangle.

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heedless

adj. Thoughtless.

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maneuver

v. To make adroit or artful moves: manage affairs by strategy.

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fracture

n. A break.

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sarcasm

n. Cutting and reproachful language.

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conscientious

adj. Governed by moral standard.

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semiannual

adj. Recurring at intervals of six months.

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comport

v. To conduct or behave (oneself).

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quarrelsome

adj. Irascible.

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pecuniary

adj. Consisting of money.

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antemeridian

adj. Before noon.

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biograph

n. A bibliographical sketch or notice.

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dishonest

adj. Untrustworthy.

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diverse

adj. Capable of various forms.

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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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tempt

v. To offer to (somebody) an inducement to do wrong.