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hurtle

crash; rush; move with great speed; Ex. hurtling runaway train

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entity

real being

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initiate

begin; originate; receive into a group; introduce to a new field or activity; Ex. initiate someone into the mysteries of a secret religion; N: one who has been initiated

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equable

tranquil; of even calm temper; (of temperature) steady; uniform

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egotistical

egotistic; excessively self-centered(egocentric); self-important; conceited

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taunt

deride or provoke; challenge in derision; N.

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gamut

entire range

8

heckler

person who verbally harasses others; V. heckle: verbally harass as with gibes (by interrupting a speaker or speech)

9

propitiate

appease; conciliate; make peaceful; ADJ. propitiatory

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sumptuous

grand suggesting great expense; lavish; rich; Ex. sumptuous feast

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roster

list (of names)

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bearing

deportment; connection

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embark

commence; go on board a boat; begin a journey

14

chicanery

trickery; deception

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dolorous

sorrowful; N. dolor

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colloquial

pertaining to conversational or common speech; informal; N. colloquialism: colloquial expression

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effete

having lost one's original power; barren; worn out; exhausted

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die

metal block used for shaping metal or plastic; device for stamping or impressing; mold; CF. dice

19

saga

Scandinavian myth; any legend; long heroic narrative

20

quell

suppress; put an end to; put down forcibly; extinguish; quiet; Ex. ``Army Quells Rebellion'' in newspaper; CF. kill

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eccentric

irregular; odd; unconventional; whimsical; bizarre; not concentric

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serpentine

winding; twisting; of or like a serpent; Ex. serpentine course of the river; N. serpent: snake

23

piety

devoutness; reverence for God; ADJ. pious

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averse

reluctant; disinclined; not liking or opposed; Ex. averse to cats/doing the house work

25

despondent

without hope and courage; depressed; gloomy; N. despondency: loss of hope with gloom; dejection

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attest

testify; bear witness

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constitution

constituting; system of laws; composition of something; physical makeup or structure of a person; Ex. men with strong constitutions

28

partition

divide into parts

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prescience

ability to foretell the future; knowledge of actions before they occur; ADJ. prescient

30

antecede

precede

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muse

ponder at length; N: source of inspiration (esp. of a poet)

32

derogatory

expressing a low opinion; disparaging; V. derogate: detract; disparage

33

facet

small plane surface (of a gem(precious stone)); a side

34

slag

glassy residue from smelting metal; dross; waste matter

35

grudging

unwilling; reluctant; stingy(giving reluctantly)

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brawn

human muscle; muscular strength; sturdiness

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cant

insincere speech or expression of piety; jargon of thieves; special words used by a particular group of people

38

ego

one's opinion of oneself; self-esteem

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Bacchanalia

the ancient Roman festival in honor of Bacchus

40

bust

piece of sculpture showing a person's head, shoulders, and upper chest; V: break up; arrest; Ex. crimebuster

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scrimmage

disorderly fight between two or more people

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avarice

greediness for wealth

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variegate

change the appearance of (by marking with different colors)

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servile

slavish; cringing; N. servility

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contempt

scorn; disdain; ADJ. contemptuous; CF. contemptible

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capricious

unpredictable; fickle

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determination

resolve; firmness of purpose; measurement or calculation; decision

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resolution

determination; resoluteness; ADJ. resolute: firm or determined in purpose

49

brim

uppermost edge of a cup; projecting rim (as on a hat); Ex. The glass was full to the brim; V: be full to the brim

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illusion

misleading vision or visual image; false idea or belief; CF. delusion

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beware

be cautious (of)

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floe

flat mass of floating ice

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irreconcilable

impossible to reconcile; incompatible; not able to be resolved

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humble

of low rank or position; modest; having a low opinion of oneself and a high opinion of others; unassuming; not proud; V. humiliate: make humble; cause to feel ashamed or to lose the respect of others

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inculcate

teach (ideas or principles); instill

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pluck

courage; V: pull off or out; pull out the hair or feathers of; ADJ. plucky: courageous; brave

57

introvert

one who is introspective or inclined to think more about oneself; ADJ. introverted

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monumental

massive; impressively large; built as a monument

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mirth

merriment; laughter

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overwrought

nervous or excited; extremely agitated; hysterical; wrought-up; CF. wrought: made or done

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bestow

confer

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tribulation

suffering; ordeal; distress; trial

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callus

area of thick hard skin

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interregnum

period between two successive reigns or governments

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appall

dismay; shock deeply

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diaphanous

sheer; transparent

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fanfare

call by bugles or trumpets; showy display; spectacular public display

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brave

face courageously; Ex. brave the storm

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abject

(of a condition) wretched; as low as possible; lacking pride; very humble; showing lack of self-respect; Ex. abject apology

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swamp

wetland; marsh; V: flood; overwhelm; drench in with liquid

71

tenacious

holding fast (as to a belief); persistent

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realm

kingdom; field or sphere; Ex. not within the realms of possibility

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pungent

stinging; acrid; sharp in taste or smell; (of speech or writing) caustic; N. pungency

74

fleece

wool coat of a sheep; V: shear the fleece from; rob by a trick; swindle; plunder

75

extant

(of something written or painted) still in existence

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clamber

climb by crawling with difficulties; scramble

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gravity

seriousness; ADJ. grave

78

ignominy

deep disgrace; shame or dishonor; ADJ. ignominious; Ex. ignominous defeat

79

tact

skill or sensitivity in dealing with people without causing offence

80

sovereign

ruler in a monarchy; ADJ: (of a country) independent and self-governing; having supreme power; supreme; excellent

81

lumber

move heavily or clumsily; Ex. The bear lumbered through the woods; N: timber

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impious

irreverent

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acclivity

sharp upslope of a hill; OP. declivity

84

tablet

small round piece of medicine; flat piece of stone or metal bearing an inscription; Ex. stone tablet on the wall

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frieze

ornamental horizontal band on a wall

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perpetuate

make perpetual; make something last for a long time; preserve from extinction; N. perpetuity

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dulcet

sweet sounding; pleasing to the ear; melodious

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permeable

that can be permeated; penetrable; porous; allowing liquids or gas to pass through; V. permeate: spread or flow throughout; charge

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recast

reconstruct (a sentence, story, statue, etc.); fashion again

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empirical

based on experience

91

voodoo

religion practiced chiefly in Haiti

92

flotsam

drifting wreckage

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sherbet

flavored dessert ice

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immolate

offer or kill as a sacrifice (by fire)

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foible

small weakness of character; slight fault; CF. feeble

96

writ

written command issued by a court (telling someone to do or not to do something)

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apropos

with reference to; regarding; Ex. remarks apropos (of) the present situation; ADJ. ADV.

98

confine

shut in an enclosed space; restrict; keep within limits; N. confinement

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unrequited

not requited; not reciprocated; Ex. unrequited love

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brag

boast

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vulgar

of the common people; deficient in refinement; not refined; coarse; Ex. vulgar display of wealth; N. vulgarism: vulgarity; crudely indecent word; CF. vulgarian: vulgar person; boor; lout

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inebriated

habitually intoxicated; drunk; N. inebriety

103

singular

being only one; individual; unique; extraordinary; odd; Ex. singular beauty/behavior

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remnant

remainder

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panacea

cure-all; remedy for all diseases

106

ballast

heavy substance used to add stability or weight; V. supply with ballast

107

apiarist

person who keeps bees

108

sensitization

process of being made sensitive or acutely responsive to an external agent or substance; V. sensitize: make or become sensitive

109

marginal

of a margin; barely within a limit; Ex. marginal effect/writing ability

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anguish

acute pain; extreme suffering

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alias

an assumed name esp. by a criminal (usually to mislead people); ADV. alias

112

centaur

mythical figure, half man and half horse

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weird

eerie; strange; unnatural

114

vendetta

blood feud (esp. between two families); CF. Nina Williams

115

dormer

window projecting upright from roof; CF. sleeping room

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hubris

arrogance; excessive self-conceit

117

clot

half-solid lump formed from a liquid (or blood); V.

118

responsiveness

state of reacting readily to appeals, orders, etc.; ADJ. responsive: readily reacting; Ex. responsive to treatment

119

odious

arousing strong dislike; hateful(causing hatred); vile

120

resuscitate

revive; bring back to life or consciousness; Ex. resuscitate the drowned child

121

totem

animal, plant, or natural object serving as a symbol of a clan or family; representation of this; Ex. totem pole

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Epicurean

believing that pleasure is good and suffering is bad and should be avoided; N.

123

purveyor

furnisher of foodstuffs; caterer; V. purvey: supply (eg. food); furnish; CF. provide

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fluctuate

waver; shift; rise and fall as if in waves; change or vary irregularly

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lap

take in food or drink with one's tongue; splash gently; Ex. waves lapping the shore; N: front area from the waist to the knees of a seated person

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disquisition

formal systematic inquiry; explanation of the results of a formal inquiry; long formal speech or written report

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coddle

treat gently; indulge excessively; pamper; mollycoddle; baby; cook in water just below boiling point; Ex. coddled eggs

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venal

capable of being bribed; corrupt; CF. vernal

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diligence

steadiness of effort; persistent hard work

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institution

instituting; (building for the) organization; established custom, practice, or relationship in a society; mental hospital; Ex. institution of marriage

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palate

roof of the mouth; sense of the taste

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microcosm

small representative world; world in miniature; Ex. microcosm of English society

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accretion

growth or increase in size by gradual addition; growth; increase; increase by natural growth; Ex. towers and other accretions of the castle; V. accrete

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cameo

shell or jewel carved in relief; star's special appearance in a minor role in a film

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plumage

feathers of a bird;

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halcyon

calm; peaceful; Ex. halcyon days

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forward

presumptuous or bold

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drudgery

hard unpleasant work; menial work

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oblivious

inattentive or unmindful; unaware; wholly absorbed; forgetful(having the habit of forgetting)

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ovation

enthusiastic applause

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persevere

continue steadily in spite of difficulties

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apprehensive

fearful; discerning

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capitulate

surrender; give up all resistance

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beeline

direct quick route

145

vernacular

living language (as compared to the official language); language spoken in a country or region; natural style; Ex. lapse into the vernacular

146

pestle

tool for mashing or grinding substances in a hard bowl or mortar

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blotch

spot; blot; CF. blot+botch

148

disfigure

mar the appearance of; spoil

149

knell

tolling of a bell especially to indicate a funeral, disaster, etc.; sound of the funeral bell; V.

150

craft

skill (esp. with one's hands); skill in deceiving people; guile; ADJ. crafty: cleverly deceitful; cunning

151

precise

exact

152

thrifty

careful about money; economical; N. thrift

153

scapegoat

someone who bears the blame for others; whipping boy; CF. escape+goat

154

sardonic

scornfully mocking; disdainful; sarcastic; cynical; Ex. sardonic smile

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prelude

introduction; introductory performance or event; forerunner

156

championship

position of champion; defense or support; competition held to determine a champion

157

bludgeon

club; heavy-headed weapon; V.

158

patois

local or provincial dialect

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cursive

(of writing) flowing; running; having the successive letters joined

160

torrent

rushing stream; flood; Ex. The rain fell in torrents.

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deport

send out of the country; behave; N. deportation, deportment

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complementary

serving to complete something

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indigent

poor; destitute

164

sidereal

relating to stars; Ex. sidereal day

165

coercion

use of force to get someone to object; compelling; V. coerce

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iridescent

exhibiting rainbowlike colors; Ex. iridescent oil slick; N. iridescence

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convex

curving outward

168

swell

long wave of water that moves continuously without breaking; V.

169

chronicle

report; record (in chronological order)

170

catholic

(of likings and interests) universal; general; broad; including many different parts; wide-ranging liberal; Ex. catholic opinions/tastes

171

pare

cut away the outer covering or skin of (with a knife); trim; Ex. pare apples/expenses

172

outwit

outsmart; defeat by behaving more cleverly

173

haggle

argue about prices (in an attempt to bargain)

174

dire

warning of disaster; disastrous; (of needs and dangers) very great; urgent; Ex. dire prediction/need of food

175

disbar

make (a lawyer) leave the bar or the legal profession

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lassitude

languor; weariness; listlessness

177

verdigris

green coating or patina on copper which has been exposed to the weather

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abstruse

obscure; profound; difficult to understand

179

stock

standard; kept regularly in stock or supply; typical; routine; common; Ex. stock sizes of paper; Ex. stock excuse/character; N: goods for sale in a shop; OP. unique

180

supererogatory

superfluous; more than needed or demanded

181

bivouac

temporary encampment; camp without tents; V.

182

inept

unsuited; inappropriate; lacking skill; incompetent; CF. inapt: (of statements or ideas) inappropriate

183

contraband

illegal trade; smuggling; smuggled goods; ADJ.

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outlandish

bizzare; peculiar; unconventional

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diminution

lessening; reduction in size; V. diminish

186

timidity

lack of self-confidence or courage

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misapprehension

error; misunderstanding; V. misapprehend

188

collateral

security given for loan; ADJ: secondary; descended from the same person but through different sons or daughters

189

brunt

main impact or shock (of an attack or blow); Ex. brunt of the argument

190

ordain

decree or command; grant holy orders; predestine; install as a minister, priest, or rabbi; N. ordainment; CF. ordination

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render

give; deliver; provide; represent in verbal or artistic form; depict; perform; make; translate; Ex. render the song beautifully

192

azure

sky blue

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waive

give up temporarily; yield; N. waiver: waiving a right or claim; document that waives a right or claim

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primp

groom oneself with care; adorn oneself

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treasure

keep as precious; cherish

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culpable

deserving blame; blameworthy

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noose

loop formed in a rope

198

redolent

odorous; fragrant; suggestive (of an odor); Ex. redolent of onions/mystery

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archaic

antiquated; no longer used; belonging to the past; N.

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sloth

slow moving tree-dwelling mammal; laziness; ADJ. slothful: lazy; indolent