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malingering

v. exagerate illness to escape work

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secrete

v. produce and discharge (a substance) [insulin is ___ed in response to rising levels of glucose in the blood]

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ogle

v. stare at in a lecherous manner

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consonant

adj. agreeing, consistent with [behavior ___with his character]

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pejorative

adj. belittling, expressing contempt or disapproval, syn. Derogatory [very often they use 'bitch' ____ly]

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plenary

adj. completely attended

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dyslogistic

adj. conveying disapproval, detrimental, inconvenient [She expressed __ remarks to convey dissatisfaction with stuff]

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pendulous

adj. hanging, dangling

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draconian

adj. harsh, severe, cruel

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symbiotic

adj. mutually beneficial relationship between different people or groups

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nee

adj. originally called, born

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prescient

adj. perceptive, having knowledge of events before they take place [the __ economist was one of the few to see the financial collapse coming

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demure

adj. reserved, reticent

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uncanny

adj. strange or mysterious, esp in an unsettling way

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tumid

adj. swollen, pompous, bombastic

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changeling

n. a child substituted for another, replacement

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griot

n. a member of a class of travelling poets, musicians, and storytellers who maintain a tradition of oral history in parts of West Africa

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vagabond

n. a person who wanders from place to place without a home/job

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laissez faire

n. a policy of letting things take their own course, without interfering. [I was surprised at her ___ attitude]

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reprimand

n. a rebuke, esp an official one

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bevel

n. a sloping surface or edge

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sentry

n. a soldier stationed to keep guard or control access

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viand

n. an item of food [an unlimited assortment of __s]

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polemic

n. argumentative, art of engaging in controversial debate

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injunction

n. authoritative warning or order

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pretense

n. charade, pretending, feigning [his excitement is masked by a causal ___ ]

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reprieve

n. clemency, postponement

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disapprobation

n. disapproval, condemnation [she braved her mother's __ and slipped out to enjoy herself]

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detente

n. easing of hostility or strained relations

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arbiter

n. judge, a person empowered to decide matters at issue

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dias

n. low platform for a lectern seats of honor, throne

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malfeasance

n. misconduct esp. by public official malfeasance

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aberration

n. oddity, peculiarity, departure from what is normal, unwelcome [mental ___]

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aria

n. operatic solo

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egalitarianism

n. principle: all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities [a more ______ society]

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lampoon

n. publically criticize with ridicule, irony, sarcasm

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sortie

n. raid, an attack by troops from defense, short trip/journey [I went on a shopping ___]

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maiden

n. unmarried, being or involving the first attempt or act of its kind;  horse that has never won a race

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chortle

v. Cackle, chuckle, giggle

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cosset

v. care for lovingly, pamper, spoil

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Corroborate

v. confirm, validate, give support to (a statement, theory or finding) [the witness had to __boy's account of the attack]

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scamper

v. dash, bolt, dart (esp. child) run with quick light steps, esp through fear

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maul

v. mangle, abuse

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coddle

v. pamper, baby, treat in an indulgent/overprotective way [I was ___ed and cosseted

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promulgate

v. promote or make widely known (idea/cause); put law into effect by official proclamation

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rescind

v. revoke, cancel, repeal

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digress

v. stray, leave the main subject temporarily in speech or writing [I'm __ing again]

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amble

v. stroll, walk or move at slow, relaxed pace, esp for pleasure

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usurp

v. take power / position by force or illegally

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subvert

v. undermine the power and authority of [attempt to ___ govn't]