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dais

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

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inception

n. onset, the starting pt of activity

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prow

n. portion of a ships bow above water

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awning

n. sheet canvas or other material keep away sun/rain

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aspersions

n. slander, damaging remark [casting_// such _ can't be ignored]

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pinafore

n. sleeveless apron-like garment worn over a child's dress

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strife

n. vigorous conflict, rivalry [armed_ // _ in the marketplace]

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suture

n.v. stitch

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excoriate

v. censure or criticize severely; peel

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impugn

v. challenge validity of, gainsay [are you __ing my motives?]

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denigrate

v. criticize unfairly, disparage

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execrate

v. hate, abhor [___ed as dangerous and corrupt]

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bevel

v. reduce 90° angle to a sloping edge [a __ mirror]

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gamboling

v. run or jump about playfully

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hypostatize

v. treat/represent abstract as a concrete reality

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admonish

v. warn, reprimand firmly, advise, urge

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sluiced

v. wash or rinse freely with a stream or shower; (of water) pour, flow, shower freely

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lucid

adj. bright, Expressed clearly, rational /sane [clear and __ style]

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garrulous

ad. loquatious, excessively talkative esp. on trivial matters

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putative

adj. accepted, assumed, supposed [I'm the __leader of this crew]

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epistolary

adj. carried on by letters/ correspondence [___ debate]

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prosaic

adj. common place, unromantic

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succinct

adj. concise, briefly  and clearly expressed

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taciturn

adj. curt. reserved or uncommunicateive in speech, saying little

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banal

adj. lacking in originality obvious, boring

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pedestrian

adj. lacking inspiration or excitement; dull

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tentative

adj. not certain or fixed; provisional; done wo confidence; hesitant

28

diurnal

adj. of or during the day; daily

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prolific

adj. producing many works

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extant

adj. stil in existence, surviving [___writing]

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mellifluous

adj. sweet or musical, pleasant to hear

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panoply

n. a complete or impressive collection of things; splended display

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penchant

n. a liking for something or tendency to do something [despite the __ for suffering

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parlance

n. a manner of speaking; vernacular [legal ___]; speech, talk, parley; argot

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leit motif

n. a recurrent theme throughout a musical or literary composition associated with a particular person, idea or situation

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proclivity

n. a tendency to choose or do something regularly; an inclination or predisposition toward a particular thing [a __ for hard work]

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trill

n. a vibratory sound esp a rapid altnernation of notes

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plexus

n. an intricate network or weblike formation

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conjecture

n. an opinion or conclusion formed on the basis of incomplete information [___about the unfinished lecture were many and varied]; [the purpose was open to ___]

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accolade

n. award or privilege granted as a special honor or as an acknowledgment of merit [the ultimate official __]

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exegesis

n. critical explaination/interpretation of text

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argot

n. jargon or slang of a particular group [medical __]

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screed

n. long tedious speech

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euphemism

n. mild, indirect expression substituting one that's too harsh. [downsizing is a ___ for cuts]

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avant garde

n. new and unusual or experimental ideas esp in the arts or the people introducing them [us. The ___]

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cliche

n. predictable, overused

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precis

n. summary or abstract of text/speech

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vernacular

n. the language or dialect spoken by the ordinary people in a particular coutry or region; spoken as first language-native

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anagram

n. word, phrase, name formed by rearranging the letters of another [cinema=iceman]

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trite

overused, lacking originality