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Pleurisy

a lung disease

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Guffaw

a loud and boisterous laugh

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Corpulence

the state of being fat; obesity

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Phalanstery

a group of people living together in community, free of external regulation and holding property in common

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Aureole

a circle of light or brightness surrounding something, especially as depicted in art around the head or body of a person represented as holy.

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Punchinello

a short, stout, comical-looking person

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Vivisection

the practice of performing operations on live animals for the purpose of experimentation or scientific research

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Capacious

having a lot of space inside; roomy

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Imperious

assuming power or authority without justification; arrogant and domineering

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Efface

to erase (a mark) from a surface

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Privation

a state in which things that are essential for human well-being such as food and warmth are scarce or lacking

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Primeval

of or resembling the earliest ages in the history of the world

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Roulade

a florid passage of runs in classical music for a virtuoso singer, especially one sung to one syllable

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Profundity

deep insight; great depth of knowledge or thought

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Troglodyte

a person who lives in a cave; a hermit; a person who is regarded as being deliberately ignorant or old-fashioned.

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Ennui

a feeling of listlessness and dissatisfaction arising from a lack of occupation or excitement

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Akimbo

with hands on the hips and elbows turned outward

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Importunate

persistent, especially to the point of annoyance or intrusion

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Foist

impose an unwelcome or unnecessary person or thing on

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Quitrent

rent in lieu of feudal service

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Canaille

the lowest class of people

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Obdurate

stubbornly refusing to change one’s opinion or course of action

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Vulpine

Of or relating to a fox or foxes

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Enervate

cause (someone) to feel drained of energy or vitality; weaken

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Cadge

obtain something by begging

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Noisome

disgusting

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Disabuse

make someone aware of an error in thinking

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Intemperate

excessive; immoderate

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Nonplussed

confused

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Satiate

to satisfy

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Slake

to quench; to satisfy

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Artless

without effort; simple

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Comely

(typically of a woman) pleasant to look at; attractive

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Doff

to take off

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Erudite

a scholar

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Plaintive

sad; mournful

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Suborn

bribe

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Tendentious

dogmatic; biased

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Tortuous

indirect; winding

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Nascent

emerging; newly formed

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Reproof

scolding; criticism

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Abscission

cutting; process causing leaves to fall off

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Contentious

causing argument

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Toady

a sycophant; flatterer

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Torrid

hot and steamy

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Veracious

true

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Blowhard

boastful person

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Disingenuous

crafty

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Labile

changing rapidly; unstable

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Posture

to put on a act

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Gaucherie

awkwardness

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Heterodox

unorthodox

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Mannered

stylized; pretentious

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Sedulous

eager and thorough

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Acolyte

disciple; follower or attendant

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Intractable

stubborn; resistant

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Undergird

support; strengthen

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Vitiate

weaken; sap energy

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Gainsay

contradict

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Rebus

puzzle in which pictures give clues

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Sere

withered; old

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Vulpine

like a fox

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Hapless

unlucky

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Centurion

a roman soldier

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Fusillade

long burst of gunfire

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Inerrancy

infallibility; inability to make mistakes

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Platitude

unoriginal, obvious saying

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Phenomenology

branch of science concerned with things as they are perceived; not directly derived from theory

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Dross

something worthless; impurities left after refining

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Enervate

to weaken

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Neophyte

new convert

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Panegyric

speech praising someone; laudatory words

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Serration

jagged edge

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Unprepossessing

unattractive

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Lacuna

gap; missing part

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Descry

to see (esp. at a distance); catch sight of

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Usury

lending money at high interest rates

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Wag

a witty person

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Atavism

reappearance of ancestral traits; regression

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Gambit

opening move; transaction

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Stanch

to stop

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Waft

drift smoothly

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Gossamer

delicate; filmy; like gauze

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Stipple

cover with dots of paint

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Irrespective

without taking something into account

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Vagary

an unexpected and inexplicable change in a situation or in someone’s behavior:

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Suffuse

gradually spread through or over

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Doyen

The senior member, as in age, rank, or experience, of a group, class, profession, etc.

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Ubiquitous

present, appearing, or found everywhere

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Tendentious

expressing or intending to promote a particular cause or point of view, especially a controversial one

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Perfidy

deliberate treachery

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Factotum

somebody employed to do a variety of jobs for somebody else

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Anodyne

a painkiller; something that comforts

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Virulence

bitterness

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Imbroglio

a confusing, messy, or complicated situation, especially one that involves disagreement or intrigue

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Foment

to cause or stir up trouble or rebellion

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Fusillade

a blast of gunfire; an onslaught

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Dromedary

one-humped camel

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Cursory

done in a quick or superficial way

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Drivel

silly and irrelevant or inaccurate talk

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Inviolate

1) not subject to change, damage, or destruction; 2) kept pure, untouched, or unblemished

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Brocade

a heavy silk, cotton, or woolen fabric with a raised design, often in metallic thread

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Costive

1) constipated; 2) hesitant