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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.