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Insurrection (n)

Organized opposition to authority, a conflict in which one faction tries to wrest control from another.

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Invidious (adj)

Containing or implying a slight or showing prejudice.

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Subterfuge (n)

Something intended to misrepresent the true nature of an activity.

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Odium (n)

Hate coupled with disgust, state of disgrace resulting from detestable behavior.

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Squinting (adj)

Having eyes half closed in order to see better.

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Feral (adj)

Wild and menacing.

A pack of feral dogs.

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Stifle (v)

To suppress, curb, or withhold.

To stifle a yawn.

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Refractory (adj)

Stubbornly resistant to authority or control, temporarily unresponsive or not fully responsive to a process or stimulus

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Controverting (v)

Prove to be false or incorrect, be resistant to.

The board controverted his motion.

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Obtuse (adj)

Slow to learn or understand, lacking intellectual acuity.

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Shibboleth (n)

A manner of speaking that is distinctive of a particular group of people.

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Intrinsic (adj)

Situated within or belonging solely to the organ or body part on which it acts.

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Warble (n)

A lumpy abscess under the hide of domestic mammals caused by larvae of a bot fly or warble fly.

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Ingenuous (adj)

Characterized by an inability to mask your feelings.

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Truncheon (n)

A short stout club used primarily by policemen.

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Lenity (n)

Merciful as a consequence of being lenient or tolerant.

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Ideogram (n)

A graphic character that indicates the meaning of a thing without indicating the sounds used to say it.

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Prophylactic (adj)

Preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease.

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Nave (n)

The central area of a church.

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Render (n)

A substance similar to stucco but exclusively applied to masonry walls.

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Punctilious (adj)

Marked by precise accordance with details.

Meticulous research.

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Gainsay (v)

To deny, dispute, or contradict.

But it will be a cost, and it will be large -- nobody can gainsay that.

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Exigent (adj)

Requiring immediate action or aid.

Charles immediately revealed the full and exigent nature of his demands.

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Contagion (n)

The communication of disease by direct or indirect contact.

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Frenetic (adj)

Excessively agitated, distraught with fear or other violent emotion

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Parchment (n)

Skin of a sheep or goat prepared for writing on.

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Vile (adj)

Morally reprehensible.

Would do something as vile and despicable as murder.

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Vellum (n)

Fine parchment prepared from the skin of a young animal e.g. a calf or lamb.

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Portend (v)

Indicate, as with a sign or an omen.

These signs portend bad news.

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Squib (n)

Firework consisting of a tube filled with powder (as a broken firecracker) that burns with a fizzing noise.

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Cincture (n)

A band of material around the waist that strengthens a skirt or trousers.

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Sibilant (adj)

Of speech sounds produced by forcing air through a constricted passage (as `f', `s', `z', or `th' in both `thin' and `then')

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Impervious (adj)

Not admitting of passage or capable of being affected.

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Primogeniture (n)

Right of inheritance belongs exclusively to the eldest son

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Obstreperous (adj)

Boisterously and noisily aggressive.

They kept up an obstreperous clamor.

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Obsequious (adj)

Servilely compliant or deferential

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Pique (n)

To affect with sharp irritation and resentment, especially by some wound to pride.

She was greatly piqued when they refused her invitation.

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Paean (n)

Any song of praise, joy, or triumph.

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Scurrilous (adj)

Grossly or obscenely abusive.

A scurrilous attack on the mayor.

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Parred (n)

The standard number of strokes set for each hole on a golf course, or for the entire course.

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Pretentious (adj)

Making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction.

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Sylvan (adj)

Relating to or characteristic of wooded regions.

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Veritable (adj)

Being truly so.

A veritable triumph.

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Ingenious (adj)

Showing inventiveness and skill.

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Subaltern (adj)

Inferior in rank or status.

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Sanguine (adj)

Inclined to a healthy reddish color often associated with outdoor life.

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Elysium (n)

A place or condition of ideal happiness, (Greek mythology) the abode of the blessed after death.

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Hyacinths (n)

Any of numerous bulbous perennial herbs, a red transparent variety of zircon used as a gemstone.

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Renege (n)

The mistake of not following suit when able to do so.

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Encumbrance (n)

Any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome, an onerous or difficult concern.

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Sullied (adj)

Charge falsely or with malicious intent, attack the good name and reputation of someone.

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Succor (n)

Assistance in time of difficulty.

The contributions provided some succor for the victims.

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Obstreperous (adj)

Boisterously and noisily aggressive.

Kept up an obstreperous clamor.

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Lubricious (adj)

Characterized by lust.

Eluding lubricious embraces.

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Limpid (adj)

Transparently clear, easily understandable.

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Postulate (n)

A proposition that is accepted as true in order to provide a basis for logical reasoning.

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Valise (n)

A small overnight bag for short trips.

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Orb (n)

The ball-shaped capsule containing the vertebrate eye.

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Sinology (n)

The study of Chinese history and language and culture.

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Wallow (n)

An indolent or clumsy rolling about.

A good wallow in the water.

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Ingenuous (adj)

Characterized by an inability to mask your feelings.

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Honorific (adj)

Conferring or showing honor or respect, an expression of respect.

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Beguile (v)

Attract, or influence by trickery, flattery.

She beguiled all the men's hearts.

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Promulgate (v)

State or announce.

I am not a Communist, he promulgated.

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Slovenly (adj)

Negligent of neatness especially in dress and person.

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Usherette (n)

A female usher.

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Impetuous (adj)

Characterized by undue haste and lack of thought or deliberation.

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Urbanity (n)

Polished courtesy, elegance of manner.

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Moribund (adj)

Being on the point of death, breathing your last.

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Refectory (n)

A communal dining-hall (usually in a monastery).

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Effusive (adj)

Extravagantly demonstrative, "insincere and effusive demonstrations of sentimental friendship".

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Equivocal (adj)

Uncertain as a sign or indication.

The evidence from bacteriologic analysis was equivocal.

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Specious (adj)

Apparently good or right though lacking real merit

Specious arguments.

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Whet (v)

Sharpen by rubbing, as on a whetstone, make keen or more acute.

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Stymie (n)

A thwarting and distressing situation, a situation in golf where an opponent's ball blocks the line between your ball and the hole.

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Travesty (n)

A comedy characterized by broad satire and improbable situations

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Pockmark (n)

A scar or pit on the skin that is left by a pustule of smallpox or acne or other eruptive disease.

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Prolix (adj)

Tediously prolonged or tending to speak or write at great length.

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Patio (n)

Usually paved outdoor area adjoining a residence.

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Supine (adj)

Passive as a result of indolence or indifference.

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Sorority (n)

A social club for female undergraduates.

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Shard (n)

A broken piece of a brittle artifact.

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Invective (n)

Abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will.

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Nymph (n)

A larva of an insect with incomplete metamorphosis (as the dragonfly or mayfly).

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Impudent (adj)

Improperly forward or bold.

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Denouement (n)

The final resolution of the main complication of a literary or dramatic work.

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Parochial (adj)

Narrowly restricted in outlook or scope.

I have little sympathy for those with parochial mentality.

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Stump (n)

Any of three upright wooden posts that form the wicket.

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Accolade (n)

A tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction.

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Traduce (v)

Speak unfavorably about.

She traduces her husband everywhere.

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Skulk (v)

Move stealthily.

The lonely man skulks down the main street all day.

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Dotard (n)

An oldster in his dotage, someone whose age has impaired his intellect.

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Divan (n)

A long backless sofa (usually with pillows against a wall).

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Pliant (adj)

Capable of being bent or flexed or twisted without breaking.

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Contrite (adj)

Feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses.

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Ingratiate (v)

Gain favor with somebody by deliberate efforts.

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Hearsay (adj)

Heard through another rather than directly.

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Hallow (v)

Render holy by means of religious rites.

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Cozen (v)

Cheat or trick.

He cozened the money out of the old man.

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Turbid (adj)

Clouded as with sediment.