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Zeitgeist (n)

The defining mood of an age or period.

The story captured the zeitgeist if the 1960s.

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Carte Blanche

Complete freedom to do as one wishes.

The architect was given carte blanch to design as he wished.

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Fiduciary (adj)

Relationship involving trust especially between a trustee and beneficiary.

The company has a fiduciary duty to shareholders.

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Sturgeon roe

Fish eggs(Cavier).

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Extant (adj)

Still in existence.

There might still be a number of extant civilizations in the Milky Way.

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Sentient (adj)

Able to feel or perceive things.

She had been instructed about the sentient quality of all life forms.

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Holler (v)

Give a loud shout or cry.

He hollers when he wants feeding.

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Douche (n)

A shower of water.

A device to clean the vagina.

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Commission (n)

An instruction, command or duty given to a person.

One of his first commissions was to redesign the Great Exhibition building.

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Lament (n)

Complaint about a distress.

His mother's night-long laments for his father.

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Expediency (n)

The act of being convenient or necessary despite being morally incorrect.

An act of political expediency.

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Feint (v)

A deceptive movement or action.

A brief feint at the opponent's face.

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Hostler (n)

A person who looks after the horses of people staying at an inn.

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Gaunt (adj)

Weak lean and haggard looking.

A tall, gaunt woman in black.

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Bilious (adj)

Affected by nausea.

The food I ate made me feel bilious.

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Cognoscenti (n)

A person with superior knowledge or understanding in a particular field especially for arts fashion.

It's worth taking a tip from the fashion cognoscenti.

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Imprimatur (n)
[im prey ma ter]

Approval or sanction.

The plan has the presidents imprimatur.

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Bedeviled (v)

Plagued by continuous trouble and unfortunate events.

Projects like these are bedeviled by the lack of cash.

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Antecedent (n)

Anything that logically precedes it comes before another.

Some antecedents in the African novel might exists the African oral tradition.

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Litigious (adj)

Prone to go the legal way to settle disputes.

Our increasingly litigious society.

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Lothario (n)

A man who seduces women and then deceives them.

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Aplomb (n)

Self confidence or assurance.

Jane passed the test with great aplomb.

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Rasher (n)

A thin slice of bacon.

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Sedulous (adj)

Showing dedication and diligence.

He watch over himself with the most sedulous care.

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Doleful (adj)

Causing grief or sorrow.

A doleful look.

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Surly (adj)

Bad tempered.

The porter left with a surly expression.

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Fusty (adj)

Stale damp or stuffy.

The fusty of odour of the room.

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Burlesque (n)

A mimicking parody or caricature in poor taste.

A novel which is a burlesque of the literary life.

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Moratorium (n)

Temporary freeze on an activity.

There was a moratorium on fishing in river waters.

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Dromedary (n)

A single hump Arabian camel.

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Remonstrate (v)

To make a forceful protest.

He turned angrily to remonstrate with Tom.

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Xenophobia (n)

Intense dislike of people from other countries or civilizations.

Racism and xenophobia are steadily growing in Europe.

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Bedlam (n)

A scene of confusion and lack of order.

There was bedlam in the court of law when the judgement was pronounced.

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Ecumenical (adj)

Representing a number of different churches.

He was a member of ecumenical committees.

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Vivisection (n)

Operations on live animals as experimentation.

The abolition of vivisection.

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Compost (n)

Decayed organic material used as plant fertilizer.

Cover with a layer of fine compost.

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Feckless (adj)

Lacking strength of character.

Her feckless younger brother.

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Dissolute (adj)

Lacking in morals. Licentious.

Unfortunately, his heir was feckless and dissolute.

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Derisively (adj)

In a manner expressing contempt or ridicule.

She snorted derisively at him.

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Overlordship (n)

A ruler especially a vassal ruler.

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Syncretism (n)

The amalgamation of different religions and cultures.

Interfaith dialogue can easily slip into syncretism.

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Endogamous (adj)

Marrying within the community.

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Ecumenical (adj)

Representing a number of different Christian churches.

He was a member of ecumenical committees.

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Insouciant (adj)

Showing a casual lack of concern.

Her insouciant shrug when discussing matters of importance.

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Isomorphic (adj)

Having similar appearance but different genetic makeup.

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Polemicist (n)

Someone who indulges in controversial debates and arguments.

A brilliant polemicist with an independent critical mind.

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Fetish (n)

An inanimate object worshiped because it's believed to be processed by a living spirit.

A man with a fetish for surgical masks.

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Skittle (n)

A game played with wooden pins.

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Genus (n)

A principle taxonomic category that ranks above species and below family.

The largest genus of plants with fleshy fruits.

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Dystopia (n)

An imaginary place where everything is bad.

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Traipsed (v)
[treyps]

To walk or go aimlessly without finding one's goal.

We traipsed all over town looking for a copy of the book.

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Grist (n)

Ground grain OR Something employed to one's profit or advantage.

Every delay was so much more grist for her mill.

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Camber (n)

The rise of the curve of an airfoil.

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Jaunty (adj)

Easy and sprightly in manner or bearing.

To walk with a jaunty step.

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Contrails (n)

A visible condensation of water droplets or ice crystals from the atmosphere, occurring in the wake of an aircraft - exhaust trail

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Contingent (adj)

Dependent on something not yet certain or liable to happen or not.

Our plans are contingent on the weather.

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Gratuitous (adj)
[gruh-too-i-tuh s, -tyoo-]

Being without apparent reason, cause, or justification.

A gratuitous insult.

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Fetish (n)

Any object, idea, etc., eliciting unquestioning reverence, respect, or devotion.

A man with a fetish for surgical masks.

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Schooner (n)
[skoo-ner]

Any of various types of sailing vessel having a foremast and mainmast, with or without other masts.

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Prow (n)

The front end of an airship.

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Rakish (adj)

Smart jaunty dashing.

A hat worn at a rakish angle.

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Palindromic (adj)

A word, line, verse, number, sentence, etc., reading the same backward as forward

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Vindication (n)

To clear, as from an accusation, imputation, suspicion, or the like.

To vindicate someone's honor.

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Ballyhoo (n)

A clamorous and vigorous attempt to win customers or advance any cause.

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Anthropomorphic (adj)

Ascribing human form or attributes to a being or thing not human, especially to a deity.

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Girth (n)
[gurth]

The measure around anything; circumference.

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Nip (v)

To take off by pinching, biting, or snipping (usually followed by off).

He nipped off a piece of steak and gave it to the dog.

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Tuck (v)

To put into a small, close, or concealing place.

Tuck the money into your wallet.

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Updraft (n)

The movement upward of air or other gas.

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Aft (n)

The hind portion of an airplane.

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Cleaved (v)

To remain faithful (usually followed by to)

To cleave to one's principles in spite of persecution.

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Roil (v)

To disturb or disquiet; irritate; vex.

To be roiled by a delay.

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Stanchions (n)

An upright bar, beam, post, or support, as in a window, stall, ship, etc.

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Yokes (n)

A device for joining together a pair of draft animals, especially oxen, usually consisting of a crosspiece.

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Quaint (adj)

Strange, peculiar, or unusual in an interesting, pleasing, or amusing way.

A quaint sense of humor.

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Way point (n)

A place or point between major points on a route.

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Fairings (n)

A structure on the exterior of an aircraft or boat, for reducing drag.

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Winglets (n)

A short, near-vertical projection on a wing tip that reduces drag and improves fuel efficiency.

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Gentrified (adj)

Very or excessively refined or elegant.

A gentrified Irish American.

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Gritty (adj)

Consisting of, containing, or resembling grit, sandy.

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Cavernous (adj)

Being, resembling, or suggestive of a large cave.

A vast, cavernous room.

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Symbiosis (n)

A relationship between two people in which each person is dependent upon and receives reinforcement, whether beneficial or detrimental, from the other.

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Umbilicus (n)

The depression in the center of the surface of the abdomen indicating the point of attachment of the umbilical cord to the embryo; navel.

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Transome (n)

A crosspiece separating a door or the like from a window or fanlight above it.

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Stubby (adj)

Short and thick or broad; thick-set or squat.

Stubby fingers.

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Kitter (n)

Another word for cat.

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Luridly (adj)

Gruesome; horrible; revolting

The lurid details of an accident.

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Keels (n)

A structural member in the bottom of a hull to provide stability.

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Wicker (n)

A slender, pliant twig.

A wicker's chair.

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Spar (n)

A principal lateral member of the framework of a wing of an airplane.

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Threadbare (adj)

Having the nap worn off so as to lay bare the threads of the warp and woof OR meager, scanty, or poor.

A threadbare emotional life.

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Lapels (n)

Either of the two parts of a garment folded back on the chest, especially a continuation of a coat collar.

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Gangly (adj)

Awkwardly tall and spindly; lank and loosely built.

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Patois (n)
[pat-wah]

A regional form of a language differing from the standard, literary form of the language.

The nurse talked to me in a patois that even Italians would have had difficulty in understanding.

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Rite (n)

A formal or ceremonial act or procedure prescribed or customary in religious or other solemn use.

The Roman rite.

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Hunker (v)

To hunch.

The driver hunkered over the steering wheel.

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Circadian (adj)

Pertaining to rhythmic biological cycles recurring at approximately 24-hour intervals.

One of the most important things you can do for your sleep is to have a routine to keep your circadian rhythm normal

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Cachet (adj)
[ka-shey]

A distinguishing mark or feature; stamp.

Courtesy is the cachet of good breeding.

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Luddite (n)

A member of any of various bands of workers in England (1811–16) organized to destroy manufacturing machinery, under the belief that its use diminished employment.

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Claptrap (adj)

Pretentious but insincere or empty language.

His speeches seem erudite but analysis reveals them to be mere claptrap.