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De jure (adj)

By right according to law

He was the de jure king after his fathers death

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De facto (adj)

In fact in reality

Although his title was PM he was the de facto president.

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Elision (n)

The omission of a passage in text book movie etc

The elisions in the movie rendered it less entertaining.

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Montage (n)

The technique of creating a new whole from fragments of pictures, scenes, sounds etc

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Transmogrification (n)

Transform in a magical or surprising manner.

You've seen something transmogrify completely.

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Transfiguration (n)

A complete change in form for the better.

In this light the junk undergoes a transfiguration; it shines

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Languid (adj)

Showing no desire for physical exertion.

His languid demeanour irritated her.

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Fungible (adj)

A commodity that's freely exchangeable with another.

For e.g Gold as ingots, bars or coins.

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Factitious (adj)

Artificial, not produced naturally.

A largely factitious national identity.

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Frangible (adj)

Fragile easily broken.

The frangible skull of an infant.

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Cachet (n)

The state of being admired or respected.

He wanted to achieve power and cachet

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Missive (n)

A long letter.

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Nouveau (adj)
[Nueva]

In accordance with the most fashionable ideas or style.

Nouveau wines were served at the party.

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Horology (n)

The art and science of watch making.

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Coruscating (adj)

Flashing Sparkling brilliance.

A coruscating kaleidoscope of colors

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Vitreous (adj)

Glass like in appearance and properties.

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Hebephrenia (n)

A form of schizophrenia .

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Cachinnate (v)
[Kakinate]

Laugh loudly.

The joke made them cachinnate aloud.

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Appellation (n)

The name or title.

The city fully justifies its appellation as the "Pearl of the Orient"

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Pulchritude (n)

Beauty.

The incredible pulchritude of her friend

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Encrustation (n)

A hard white coating in the surface of an object .

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Sesquipedalian (adj)

Characterized by long winding phrases and excess words.

The sesquipedalian prose of scientific journals

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Interloper (n)

A person who interferes in matters where they are not required.

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Interlocutor (n)

One who participates in a conversation representing someone else.

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Consigliere (n)

An adviser especially to a crime boss.

The President's trusted consigliere and chief adviser.

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Fray (n)

An environment of intense competition OR
become worn by constant rubbing.

Cheap fabric soon frays.

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Reverie (n)
[Revurie]

A state of being pleasantly lost in ones thoughts.

A knock on the door broke her reverie.

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Felicity (n)

Intense happiness .

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Incessantly (adv)

Continuously without a break.

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Harken (v)

Mention or remember something from the past.

He is said to harken back to a better time.

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Continence (n)

Exercising self restraint especially sexually.

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Sine qua non (n)

The essential condition.

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Desideratum (n)

Things wanted or needed

"Happily-ever-after” and “eternal love” appear to be the desiderata of the current generation.

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Surrogates (n)

A substitute deputing for another.

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Pestiferous (adj)

A nuisance or annoyance.

He was regarded as the most pestiferous past president.

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Recuse (v)

Excuse oneself from a case because of conflict of interest.

He recused himself from the case.

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Forage (v)

Search for food

A girl foraging grass for oxen.

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Eugenics (n)

The science of improving a population by controlled breeding .

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Parturition (n)

The act of child birth.

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Aperitif (n)

An alcoholic drink taken before meals to stimulate appetite.

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Adamantine (adj)

That which cannot be broken.

Adamantine chains.

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Discarnate (adj)

Not having a physical body.

Methods for communicating with discarnate spirits.

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Abridgment (n)

A shorter version of a larger piece of text.

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Arbitrage (n)

The simultaneous buying and selling of securities on different markets to use price difference.

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Conterminous(adj)

Continuous sharing a boundary

The 48 conterminous states of the union.

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Assail(v)

To make a violent attack on.

He assailed a group of editors for their alleged excesses.

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Doctrine (n)

A set of beliefs advanced by the Church.

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Insentient (adj)

Incapable of feeling or understanding.

It's cruel to assume animals to be insentient beings.

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Momentous (adj)

Of great importance or significance.

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Adamantine (adj)

Unbreakable.

Her adamantine will saw her through.

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Conterminous (adj)

Sharing the same boundary.

The 48 conterminous states of America.

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Irreverence (n)

An attitude of not taking things seriously.

The general irreverence with which people view politicians is not surprising.

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Farrago (n)

A motley assortment of things.

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Apocalypse (n)

An universal or widespread destruction.

The apocalypse of a nuclear war.

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Moonshiner (n)

An illicit distiller of alcohol.

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Bibulous (adj)

Excessively fond of drinking.

It would be a long, bibulous evening.

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Vapid (adj)

Bland not stimulating.

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Pejorative (adj)

Expressing contempt or disapproval.

Permissiveness is almost always used as a pejorative term.

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Vacuous (adj)

Lack of thought or intelligence, mindless.

A vacuous smile.

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Acuity (n)

Sharpness or keenness of thought or vision.

Intellectual acuity.

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Highfalutin (adj)

Pompous bombastic.

You don't want any highfalutin jargon.

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Squeamish (adj)

Easily made to feel sick or disgusted.

She felt squeamish about asking guys for a date.

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Gaffe (n)

Social awkwardness or blunder.

At work l made a few gaffes in my first days.

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Goobledegook (n)

Speech which is nonsense.

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Ruse (n)

A trick or artifice.

It as a ruse to avoid work.

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Pheromones (n)

A chemical substance emitted by an animal or insect to draw the attention of its species.

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Brusquely (adj)

Abrupt or offhand in speech or manner.

She could be brusquely abrupt and impatient.

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Innuendo (n)

An oblique or allusive remark or hint.

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Guffaw (n)

Loud thunderous laughter.

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Dogged (adj)

Persistence in effort.

Success required dogged determination.

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Kludge (n) (v)

A badly assembled collection of parts to serve a purpose.

Hugh had to kludge something together.

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Memento (n)

An object used as a reminder of a past event.

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Ogre (n)
[ow-gur]

A cruel wicked person.

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Existential (adj)

Relating to existence .

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Scurrilous (adj)

Coarse vulgar abuse.

A scurrilous attack on his integrity.

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Frisson (n)

A sudden sensation of excitement or fear.

A frisson of excitement.

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Masticate (adj)

To chew.

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Portentous (adj)

Of enormous or ominous significance.

This portentous year in Canadian history.

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Execrable (adj)

Hateful loathing.

Execrable cheap wine.

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Spiel (n)

High flown speech intended to attract attention.

He delivers a breathless and effortless spiel in promotion of his new novel.

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Trellis (n)

An outdoor garden frame.

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Ingrate (adj)

Ungrateful person.

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Croupier (n)

A person who collects bets and pays out winnings at a gambling table.

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Chafe (v)

To become sore by rubbing against.

The collar chafed his neck.

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Raspy (adj)

Hoarse or harsh sounding.

His voice was raspy from days of non-stop campaigning.

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Leery (adj)

Cautious due to realistic suspicions.

A city leery of gang wars.

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Impelled (adj)

Drive forward or be propelled.

Vital energies impel him in unforeseen directions.

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Trundle (v)

To move slowly.

Vintage cars trundled past us.

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Pastiche (n)

An artistic style imitating elements of other styles, artists.

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Sedulous (adj)

Showing dedication and diligence.

He watched over himself with the most sedulous care.

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Sparge (v)

Sprinkle water over something.

The grains were sparged before brewing.

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Verdure (n)

Fresh green vegetation.

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Atavistic (adj)

Reversion to an earlier type; throwback.

These councils have been seeking amendments in the Hindu Marriage Act to support their atavistic views.

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Snot (n)

Mucus from the nose.

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Suss (v)

To investigate.

If you want to suss out the cleanliness level of any hotel go by the backdoor.

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Bluster (v)

To roar loudly.

He blusters about revenge but does nothing.

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Chicanery (n)

Trickery or deception.

He resorted to the worst chicanery to win the job.

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Commiserate (v)

To feel or express sorrow or sympathy for.

She went over to commiserate with Rose.

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Tittering (n)

To laugh in a restrained, or affected way,

When I stopped, the tittering had ceased; silence saluted me.

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Scuffed (v)

To rub or scrape (one's foot or feet) over something.