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Cognoscenti (n)

An expert able to appreciate a field; especially in the fine arts.

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Protean (adj)

Taking on different forms, versatile.

Eyes of that baffling protean actor which is never twice the same.

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Exculpate (v)

Pronounce not guilty of criminal charges.

The suspect was exculpated of the murder charges.

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Imperious (adj)

Having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy.

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Entreat (v)

Ask for or request earnestly.

The prophet bid all people to become good persons.

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Alabaster (adj)

A finely granular variety of gypsum, often white and translucent, used for ornamental objects or work, such as lamp bases, figurines, etc.

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Plaintive (adj)

Expressing sorrow.

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Livid (adj)

Furiously angry.

Willful stupidity makes him absolutely livid.

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Kleptomania (n)

An irresistible impulse to steal in the absence of any economic motive.

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Noviciate (n)

The period during which you are a novice (especially in a religious order).

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Credulous (adj)

Disposed to believe on little evidence.

The gimmick would convince none but the most credulous.

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Babble (n)

Gibberish resembling the sounds of a baby.

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Cogent (adj)

Powerfully persuasive.

A cogent argument, a telling presentation.

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Gored (n)

The shedding of blood resulting in murder.

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Dollops (n)

A small measure (usually of food).

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Archetype (n)

Something that serves as a model or a basis for making copies.

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Regiment (n)

Army unit smaller than a division.

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Malfeasance (n)

Wrongful conduct by a public official.

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Amenable (adj)

Disposed or willing to conform.

Someone amenable to the instruction of others.

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Platitude (n)

A trite or obvious remark.

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Doggerel (n)

A comic verse of irregular measure.

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Refulgent (adj)

Radiating or as if radiating light.

The refulgent beaming sun.

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Pacifist (n)

Someone opposed to violence as a means of settling disputes

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Salutary (adj)

Tending to promote physical well-being, beneficial to health

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Pedant (n)

A person who pays more attention to formal rules and book learning than they merit.

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Gauche (adj)

Lacking social polish.

Too gauche to leave the room when the conversation became intimate.

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Ardor (n)

Intense feeling of love.

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Mores (n)

The conventions that embody the fundamental values of a group.

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Tunic (n)

Any of a variety of loose fitting cloaks extending to the hips or knees.

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Elixir (n)

A substance believed to cure all ills, a sweet flavored liquid (usually containing a small amount of alcohol) used in compounding medicines to be taken by mouth in order to mask an unpleasant taste.

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Denude (v)

Lay bare, "denude a forest".

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Enjoin (v)

Give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority.

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Bosun (n)

A petty officer on a merchant ship who controls the work of other seamen.

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Perspicacity (n)

The capacity to assess situations or circumstances shrewdly and to draw sound conclusions.

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Congeal (v)

Become gelatinous.

The liquid congealed after we added the enzyme.

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Poignant (adj)

Arousing affect.

The homecoming of the released hostages was a poignant scene.

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Dilatory (adj)

Wasting time.

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Atrophy (n)

Any weakening or degeneration (especially through lack of use).

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Froward (adj)

Habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition.

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Unimpeachable (adj)

Completely acceptable, not open to exception or reproach.

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Opprobrium (n)

A state of extreme dishonor.

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Bourgeois (adj)

(according to Marxist thought) Being of the property-owning class and exploitative of the working class.

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Inversion (n)

Turning upside down, setting on end, the reversal of the normal order of words.

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Decorous (adj)

Characterized by propriety and dignity and good taste in manners and conduct.

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Effulgent (adj)

Radiating or as if radiating light, "the beaming sun".

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Dour (adj)

Showing a brooding ill humor, "a dark scowl".

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Effrontery (n)

Audacious (even arrogant) behavior that you have no right to.

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Peccadilloes (n)

A petty misdeed.

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Depredate (v)

Plunder, loot and ravage.

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Canister (n)

Metal container for storing dry foods such as tea or flour.

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Toady (adj)

A person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage.

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Inveterate (adj)

Habitual.

An inveterate smoker.

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Ponderous (adj)

Having great mass and weight and unwieldiness.

A ponderous stone.

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Locution (n)

A word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations.

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Gazebo (n)

A small roofed building affording shade and rest.

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Consequential (adj)

Having important issues or results.

The year's only really consequential legislation.

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Preternatural (adj)

Existing outside of or not in accordance with nature.

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Calumny (n)

A false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions.

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Rigmarole (n)

A long and complicated and confusing procedure.

All that academic rigmarole was a waste of time.

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Ferment (n)

A process in which an agent causes an organic substance to break down into simpler substances.

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Tractable (adj)

Responsive to suggestions and influences.

A tractable student.

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Pantheon (n)

A temple to all the gods, all the gods of a religion.

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Swinish (adj)

Resembling swine, coarsely gluttonous or greedy.

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Cleave (v)

Separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument.

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Innervate (v)

Stimulate to action.

Innervate a muscle or a nerve.

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Grimace (n)

A contorted facial expression.

She made a grimace at the prospect of leaving home.

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Antipathy (n)

The object of a feeling of intense aversion, something to be avoided.

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Bawdier (adj)

Humorously vulgar.

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Diatribe (n)

Thunderous verbal attack.

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Artless (adj)

Simple and natural, without cunning or deceit.

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Trenchant (adj)

Clearly or sharply defined to the mind.

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Confetti (n)

Small pieces or streamers of colored paper that are thrown around on festive occasions (as at a wedding)

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Nebulous (adj)

Lacking definition or definite content.

Nebulous reasons.

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Vet (n)

A doctor who practices veterinary medicine OR
To examine.

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Flagellate (adj)

Having or resembling a lash or whip (as does a flagellum).

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Aquamarine (n)

A shade of blue tinged with green.

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Stygian (adj)

Hellish, dark and dismal as of the rivers Acheron and Styx in Hades.

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Perfidy (n)

An act of deliberate betrayal, betrayal of a trust.

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Ensemble (n)

A coordinated outfit (set of clothing).

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Antipodal (adj)

Relating to the antipodes or situated at opposite sides of the earth.

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Adulate (v)

Flatter in an obsequious manner.

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Panoply (n)

A complete and impressive array.

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Aseptic (adj)

Free of or using methods to keep free of pathological microorganisms.

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Grandiloquent (adj)

Puffed up with vanity.

A grandiloquent and boastful manner.

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Fatuous (adj)

Extremely silly or stupid.

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Disconcerting (adj)

Causing an emotional disturbance.

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Rectitude (n)

Righteousness as a consequence of being honorable and honest.

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Didactic (adj)

Instructive (especially excessively).

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Foppish (adj)

Affecting extreme elegance in dress and manner.

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Calloused (adj)

Having calluses, having skin made tough and thick through wear.

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Inopportune (adj)

Not opportune.

Arrived at a most inopportune hour.

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Pathology (n)

The branch of medical science that studies the causes and nature and effects of diseases.

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Ambrosia (n)

Food of the gods.

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Aureole (n)

An indication of radiant light drawn around the head of a saint.

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Tourniquet (n)

Bandage that stops the flow of blood from an artery by applying pressure.

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Incendiary (adj)

Capable of catching fire spontaneously or causing fires or burning readily.

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Torrid (adj)

Extremely hot and dry.

The torrid heat of the noonday sun.

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Deign (v)

Do something that one considers to be below one's dignity

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Desultory (adj)

Marked by lack of definite plan or regularity or purpose

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Pugilism (n)

Fighting with the fists