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obeisance

n. gesture of deferential respect, bow, curtsy

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abbot

n. man head of an abbey of monks

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equanimity

n. mental calmness, composure, evenness of temper esp in difficult situation; composure

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plinth

n. podium

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rector

n. priest in charge; parson, vicar, provost

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sepulcher

n. small room built of stone in which a dead person is laid

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epitaph

n. statement written in memory of a person who has died esp as an inscription on a tombstone

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obelisk

n. stone pillar, column

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bravado

n. supercilious, boasting, swaggering, false bravery

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beatitude

n. supreme blessedness

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hagiography

n. the writing of saint's lives, biography idealizing its subject

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Quran

n. word of God as dedicated to Muhammad by archangel Gabriel: "Recitation"

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eschew

v. avoid, shun, have nothing to do with, abstain from [___violence]

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condescend

v. belittle, stoop, accommodate, descend, behave as if superior rank, dignity // she __ to their intellectual level...

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deign

v. condescend, lower self, do something that one considers to be beneath one's dignity [she did not ___ to answer the maid's question]

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swashbuckle

v. engage in daring and romantic adventures w ostentatious bravado

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petrify

v. make hard, frighten, calcify

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abjure

v. renounce, repudiate something; deeply and sincerely abandon something

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sate

v. satisfy, manage

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rumination

v. think deeply about something; chew cud

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jettison

v. throw or drop something from an air craft or ship [____ the load in the sea]; abandon or discard something no longer wanted

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bereave

v. to deprive and make desolate, especially by death [illness ___d them of their sister]

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insolent

adj. Boldly disrespectful; contemptuously impertinent

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coy

adj. affectedly shy, bashful, modest; reluctant to give details about something [he is __ about his age]

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treacle

N. Remedy, cloying sentimentality or flattery, syrup [enough of this ___, let's get back to business]]

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docile

adj. compliant, submissive /

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tractable

adj. compliant, easy to control or influence

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scurrilous

adj. foul-mouthed, defamatory, obscenely abusive, humorously insulting

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flippant

adj. irreverent, cheeky, disrespectful

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blithe

adj. joyous, cheerful, carefree, heedless [___disregard for rules of the road]

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benign

adj. kindly harmless [her face was calm and __]

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biddable

adj. obedient, docile, meekly ready to accept and follow instructions

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conspicuous

adj. obvious, apparent, standing out; attracting attention [Saundra is ____]

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obtrusive

adj. pushy, obvious, noticeable in unwelcome way

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resplendent

adj. radiant, attractive through being richly colorful or sumptuous (luxurious)

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filigree

adj. something made in lace-like design. n. delicate ornamental work of gold and silver wire

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intractable

adj. unmanageable, stubborn, Hard to control

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tenuous

adj. weak, nebulous, insubstantial, dubious

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gun moll

n. (slang) female accomplice

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sistrum

n. Egyptian instrument, rattles

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vizier

n. a high official in some Muslim countries

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cutlasses

n. a short sword with a slightly curved blade, formerly used by sailors

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attrition

n. abrasion, wear, friction

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soirée

n. an evening gathering typically in a house for conversation, music

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saffron

n. an orange-yellow flavoring food coloring dye

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ankh

n. ancient Egypt symbol of life

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thrush

n. bird; infection of mouth and throat…

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antics

n. foolish, amusing behavior, shenanigan, joke

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mirth

n. joy, laughter

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muslin

n. lightweight cotton cloth in a plain weave