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privation

n. deprivation, lack of usual comforts or necessities of life; his life of __ began to affect his health.

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concupiscence

n. lust, sexual desire; ardent, usually sensuous, longing.

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badinage

n. light playful banter or raillery. The __ ceased instantly and an ominous silence fell on the people.

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troubadour

n. wandering singer or minstrel. He is a __ that happens to be in grief.

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reconnoiter

v. inspect, examine, explore (a region, area, etc.). He immediately sent a detachment of men to __.

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ablution

n. cleansing with water esp. as religious ritual. The __ ought, strictly, to be performed once every 24 hours.

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vulgate

n. the Latin version of the Bible, used as the authorized version of the Catholic Church

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pentateuch

n. first 5 books of the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy.

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morass

n. marshy ground; quagmire. The act straightened out a __ of legal requirements.

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affected

adj. feigned, inclined to, fancy something. New students __ing a nonchalance they didn't feel.

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pedant

n. egghead, someone who makes an excessive display of learning; stickler. He talks pleasantly, and nothing of a pedant, as I half dreaded he would be.

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vicinage

n. vicinity, proximity. It was available in the public libraries of the __

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nomenclature

n. vocabulary, terminology. But because they wanted something friendlier, they came up with the nomenclature of "screen name"

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hortatory

adj. urging, exhorting, encouraging. A __ speech.

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posterity

n. future generations. Judgment of this age must be left to _. His fortune was gradually dissipated by his _.

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lapidary

adj. refinement (suggestive of gem cutting). Lincoln is one of whom no one expected __ style

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pecuniary

adj. monetary. Fitzgerald 18 yrs old, able bodied, but without _ means.

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lyceum

n. college, institution. Consider this episode from a __ lecture written when Lincoln was 29...

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crucible

n. melting pot. A severe test/trial. His letters on diverse subjects are the __ in which Lincoln cast his style

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epigram

n. witticism, aphorism, quip. The story is short without crackling like an __

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terse

adj. effectively consise. abruptly consies, curt. She offered a _ description of how her asthmatic brother had come to die.

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evince

v. show, manifest. Sarah __s tremendous intellectual potential

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edify

v. uplift, benefit morally, spiritually. Listen to _ing talks!

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crass

adj. gross, obtuse, stupid. A _ misrepresentation of the facts. __ commercialism.

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non sequitur

n. paradox, statement of illogical conclusion. A response that isn't clearly related to anything previously said

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behest

n. command, strongly worded request. I quit sinning at the _ of Jesus

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rheumy

n. mucousy

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bough

n. big tree branch. He saw a bird sitting on a __

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rote

n. routine, mechanical. The _ of daily living is not very exciting.

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coxcomb

n. conceited, foolish dandy. He could not be mistaken for a pedant unless a _ is a sort of pedant.

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appellate

adj. dealing with decision reversal applications

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anomalous

adj. abnormal, atypical. an _ situation

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deviant

adj. different, aberrant.

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usurious

adj. lending money at high interest rates. A _ moneylender.

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piecemeal

adv. gradual, piece by piece. The village was slowly killed off by _ development.

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consign

v. commit decisively, entrust. She _ed the letter to the wastebasket.

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parley

n. conference btw opposing sides in a dispute, eps. for terms of armistice.

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prefect

n. a chief officer, regional governor in countries. I met the girl's _.

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magistrate

n. civil officer who administers the law, deals w minor offenses, holds preliminary hearings for serious offenses.

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sunset law

n. law that will be eliminated in a set amount of time. He would have _ a guest worker program after 5 years.

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moratorium

n. temporary prohibition of an activity; legal authorization to debtors to postpone payment.

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tort

n. wrongful act leading to legal liability and compensation.

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fetters

n. anything that restrains or confines. Drowning in __.

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connoisseur

n. authority, adept, someone especially competent to pass critical judgments in an art.

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confederacy

n. coalition, alliance between people for a purpose

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carte blanche

n. complete freedom to act as one wishes or thinks best. We were given complete _ in our new offices.

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despot

n. dictator, ruler who holds power in oppressive way.

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impunity

n. exception from punishment, consequences.

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maven

n. connoisseur, expert

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cavalcade

n. formal procession of people walking, horseback, vehicles.