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Vassal (n)
[vaas-uh l]

A person holding a fief, a person who owes allegiance and service to a feudal lord.

He was forced to become the vassal of the king of Babylonia, and furnish a contingent to his army.

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Reproach (n)

A mild rebuke or criticism.

Her friends reproached her for not thinking enough about her family.

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Ember (n)

A hot fragment of wood or coal that is left from a fire and is glowing or smoldering.

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Calypso (n)

Rare north temperate bog orchid bearing a solitary white to pink flower marked with purple at the tip of an erect reddish stalk above 1 basal leaf.

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Elicit (v)

Evoke or draw out (a reaction, answer, or fact) from someone.

I tried to elicit a response from Joanna.

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Elucidation (n)

To make lucid or clear; throw light upon; explain:.

An explanation that elucidated his recent strange behavior.

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Mortification (n)

The act of killing the lusts of the flesh by self-denial and privation.

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Progenitors (n)

An ancestor in the direct line.

Our progenitors lived contended lives.

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Primeval (adj)

Having existed from the beginning, in an earliest or original stage or state.

The primeval state of being.

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Primate (n)

Any placental mammal of the order Primates, has good eyesight and flexible hands and feet.

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Primordial (adj)

Having existed from the beginning, in an earliest or original stage or state.

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Primal (adj)

Relating to the needs, fears, or behavior that are to form the origins of emotional life.

He preys on people's primal fears.

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Decrepit (adj)

Lacking bodily or muscular strength or vitality.
or worn out by long use.

A decrepit man who can hardly walk.

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Gaggle (n)

A flock of geese, OR
An often noisy or disorderly group or gathering.

A politician followed by a gaggle of supporters.

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Plinth (n)

An architectural support or base (as for a column or statue).

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Anecdotes (n)

Short account of an incident (especially a biographical one).

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Oxymoron (n)

Conjoining contradictory terms.

Deafening silence.

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Epitaph (n)
[ɛpɪtaf]

An inscription on a tombstone or monument in memory of the person buried there.

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Expurgate (v)

Edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate.

Most children read an expurgated version of Grimms' fairy tales

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Expatiate (v)
[ik-spey-shee-eyt]

Add details, as to an account or idea.

To expatiate upon a theme.

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Extirpate (v)

Surgically remove (an organ), pull up by or as if by the roots.

To extirpate an unwanted hair,

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Execrate (v)

Curse or declare to be evil or anathema or threaten with divine punishment

He execrated all who opposed him.

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Excoriate (v)

Express strong disapproval of or criticize (someone) severely.

He was excoriated for his mistakes.

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Sweltering (adj)

Excessively hot and humid or marked by sweating and faintness.

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Anecdotes (n)

Short account of an incident (especially a biographical one).

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Recondite (adj)

Difficult to penetrate, incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge.

It was a recondite treatise.

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Dappled (adj)

Having spots or patches of color.

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Languid (adj)

Lacking spirit or liveliness, a lackadaisical attempt

In or out of uniform his motion is languid, his voice relaxed.

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Wicker (n)

Work made of interlaced slender branches (especially willow branches) of twigs

The large bottle is served slightly on its side in a wicker basket

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Rheumy (adj)
[roo my]

A thin discharge of the mucous membranes, especially during a cold.

Five rheumy old-timers lolled about the one gate that would be open for the night.

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Magpie (n)

Long-tailed black-and-white crow that utters a raucous chattering call

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Troll (v)

Angling by drawing a baited line through the water.

To post inappropriate messages on the Internet, for the purpose of upsetting other users.

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Cowslip (n)

Early spring flower common in British isles having fragrant yellow or sometimes purple flowers.

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Impertinent (adj)

Improperly forward or bold.

Would it be impertinent of me to offer some advice to you and your readers?

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Insidious (adj)

Working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way.

Sexual harassment is a serious and insidious problem.

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Invidious (adj)

Likely to arouse or incur resentment or anger in others

She'd put herself in an invidious position.

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Condign (adj)

Fitting or appropriate and deserved, used especially of punishment.

Our guerdon is shame in this world and condign punishment in the next.

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Concomitant adj)

An event or situation that happens at the same time as or in connection with another.

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Marsupials (adj)

Any non-placental mammal of the order Marsupialia, comprising the opossums, kangaroos, wombats, and bandicoots,

The marsupial animals bring forth their young before they are fully developed.

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Buckram (n)

A stiff cotton fabric for interlinings, book bindings.

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Predicate (n)

To connote; imply or derive.

His retraction predicates a change of attitude.

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Axiomatic (adj)

Evident without proof or argument.

When you pay them more, it is axiomatic that they will spend more.

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Rind (n)
[rahynd]

The natural outer covering of food (usually removed before eating).

Watermelon rind.

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Panache (n)

A grand or flamboyant manner; verve; style; flair

The actor who would play Cyrano must have panache.

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Edify (v)

To instruct or enlighten, to teach.

He had no idea even now how bad matters were, nor did she care to edify him.

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Wicker (n)

Work made of interlaced slender branches (especially willow branches)

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Reed (n)

A musical instrument that sounds by means of a vibrating reed

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Corbel (n)

A short horizontal timber supporting a girder.

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Succulent (adj)

Tender and full of juice

Succulent roast beef.

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Grafter (n)

A person who swindles you by means of deception or fraud

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Puckered (n)

An irregular fold in an otherwise even surface (as in cloth)

Worry puckered his brow.

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Bellhop (n)

Someone employed as an errand boy and luggage carrier around hotels.

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Dewlap (n)

A hanging fold of loose skin on an elderly person's neck.

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Ferret (v)

Search and discover through persistent investigation.

He ferreted out the paper from under a large tome.

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Retch (n)

An involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting.

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Sash (n)

A framework that holds the panes of a window in the window frame

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Schnitzel (n)

Deep-fried breaded veal cutlets.

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Privation (n)

Act of depriving someone of food or money or rights.

Privations and other hardships are routinely endured by the people.

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Pallor (n)
[paalor]

Unnatural lack of color in the skin (as from bruising or sickness or emotional distress).

The deathlike pallor of his face.

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Busker (n)

A person who entertains people for money in public.

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Gofer (n)

An employee whose duties include running errands.

He was employed as a menial gofer.

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Millstone (n)

One of a pair of heavy flat disk-shaped stones that are rotated against one another to grind the grain

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Irreverent (adj)

Showing a lack of respect for people or things that are generally taken seriously.

She is irreverent about the whole business of politics

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Irascible (adj)

Easily provoked to anger; very irritable.

An irascible old man.

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Ineluctable (adj)

Impossible to avoid or evade.

An Ineluctable destiny.

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Indelible (adj)

Cannot be removed or erased.

An indelible stain.

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Inchoate (adj)

Only partly in existence, imperfectly formed

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Ingratiate (v)

Gain favor with somebody by deliberate efforts.

An attempt to ingratiate herself with the local aristocracy

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Impasse (n)

A street with only one way in or out, a situation in which no progress can be made or no advancement is possible

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Importune (v)

Beg persistently and urgently.

I importune you to help them.

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Inveigle (v)

Influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering.

He inveigled her back to his room

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Manger (n)

A container (usually in a barn or stable) from which cattle or horses feed

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Knapsack (n)

A bag carried by a strap on your back or shoulder

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Unitard (n)

A tight-fitting garment of stretchy material that covers the body from the shoulders to the thighs (and may have long sleeves or legs reaching down to the ankles)

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Cretin (n)

A person of subnormal intelligence.

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Mea culpa (n)
[me-ah koo l-pah]

An acknowledgment of guilt.

‘Well, whose fault was that?’ ‘Mea culpa!’ Frank said.

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Ferret (v)

Search and discover through persistent investigation

To ferret rabbits from their burrows

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Muse (n)

The source of an artist's inspiration.

Euterpe was his muse.

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Transmogrification (n)

The act of changing into a different form or appearance (especially a fantastic or grotesque one)

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Confabulation (n)

A plausible but imagined memory that fills in gaps in what is remembered.

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Entomology (n)

The branch of zoology dealing with insects

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Waif (n)

A homeless child especially one forsaken or orphaned

I am a stranger, a waif, a man with neither name nor fortune!

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Penumbral (adj)

Of or pertaining to the region of partial shadow around an umbra(shadow).

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Whining (v)

To utter a low, usually nasal, complaining cry or sound

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Mewl (v)

Cry weakly or softly.

She mewled with pain

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Cuticles (n)

Hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles.

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Spangled (adj)

Covered with beads or jewels or sequins.

A spangled dress.

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Gnome (n)
[nOUm]

A legendary creature resembling a tiny old man

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Pernickety (adj)

Characterized by excessive precision and attention to trivial details

I remember she was most pernickety about her blacks after my father's death.

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Fleck (n)

A small contrasting part of something

A fleck of dirt or a fleck of baldness.

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Oedema (n)
[ih-dee-muh]

Swelling from excessive accumulation of watery fluid in cells, tissues, or serous cavities

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Scab (n)

The crust like surface of a healing skin lesion, someone who works (or provides workers) during a strike.

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Squelch (v)

To strike or press with crushing force, crush down or squash.

Attempting to squelch political speech by calling it hate speech only makes Israel look weaker.

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Dell (n)

A small wooded valley

Lush green valleys and wooded dells.

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Knoll (n)

A small natural hill.

A grassy knoll.

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Hoover (v)

Clean with a vacuum cleaner.

Hoover the carpets please.

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Pared (v)

Decrease gradually or bit by bit, remove the edges from and cut down to the desired size

The Defense Department must be pared down.

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Sprig (n)

An ornament that resembles a spray of leaves or flowers.