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constraint

restraint; compulsion; repression of feelings; reticence; v. constrain: hold back; restrain; compel; oblige; confine forcibly; imprison

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grunt

utter a deep guttural sound (as a pig does); n.

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viscid

adhesive; gluey

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parsimony

stinginess; excessive frugality; adj. parsimonious

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pinnace

small boat

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clamber

climb by crawling with difficulties; scramble

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gleam

brief flash of light; glow; v.

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feature

distinctive part of the faces (as the eyes or mouth); features: overall appearance of the face; prominent or distinctive quality; prominent article; film; v. make prominent

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vying

contending; ex: vie

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prune

cut away; trim

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denounce

condemn; criticize; n. denunciation

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deplore

regret; express sorrow and severe disapproval for something bad; ex. deplore their violent behavior; adj. deplorable: very bad; deserving severe disapproval; ex. deplorable living condition

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interjection

exclamation; ex. ``Ouch''

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bevy

large group; ex. a bevy of starlets

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precept

practical rule guiding conduct; ex. mother's precept

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distinctive

clearly different from others of the same kind

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concord

harmony; accord

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peripatetic

walking about from place to place (to work); moving; ex. peripatetic school of philosophy

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solicitous

anxious; worried; concerned; eager; ex. solicitous to do something; n. solicitude

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cipher

nonentity; worthless person or thing; zero; secret code; v.

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contrive

invent or fabricate in a clever way (by improvisation); manage; ex. contrive to attract his attention

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brawn

human muscle; muscular strength; sturdiness

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euthanasia

mercy killing

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pariah

social outcast; ex. Mariah the pariah

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inhibited

(of a person) unable to express what one really feels

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delusive

deceptive; likely to delude; misleading; raising vain hopes; ex. delusive promises

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propensity

natural inclination

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vex

annoy; distress

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alliteration

repetition of beginning sound in poetry

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recast

reconstruct (a sentence, story, statue, etc.); fashion again

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cession

yielding to another; ceding

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blasphemy

irreverence; sacrilege; cursing; bad language about God or holy things; v. blasphem; adj. blasphemous; ex: sacrilege

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emblazon

ornament richly (a shield or flag); n. emblazonment

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cleft

n. split

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seamy

sordid; base; filthy; unwholesome; ex. seamy side of city life

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scad

a great quantity; ex. scads of clothes

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licentious

amoral; lewd and lascivious; unrestrained

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opalescent

iridescent; lustrous; like an opal; n. opalescence

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impasse

predicament(dangerous condition) from which there is no escape; situation allowing for no further progress

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sinuous

twisting; winding; bending in and out; not morally honest

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perpetrate

commit an offense; do (something wrong)

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crypt

secret recess or vault usually used for burial; underground room (under a church)

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lot

object used in making a determination at random; fate; piece of land

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clarion

shrill, trumpetlike sound; kind of trumpet used in former times

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transpire

(of a fact) become known; be revealed; happen; give off (watery waste matter) through pores

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buffet

strike forcefully; slap; batter; knock out; n. table with food set out for people to server themselves; meal at which people help themselves to food that's been set

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muddle

confuse; mix up confusedly; n. state of confusion

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harry

harass, annoy, torment (by repeated attacks); raid

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atypical

not normal; not typical

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redundant

superfluous; more than is necessary; verbose; excessively wordy; repetitious

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podium

pedestal; raised platform

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levitate

rise and float in the air (especially by magical means); ex: light

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defile

pollute; make filthy or dirty; corrupt morally; profane; desecrate; n. narrow passage or gorge through mountains

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verbiage

pompous array of words; too many unnecessary words; wordiness

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flay

strip off skin; plunder; remove the skin from; criticize harshly

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raspy

making a harsh noise; grating; harsh

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aphorism

pithy maxim or saying; adj. aphoristic

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correlation

mutual relationship

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callous

hardened; unfeeling; without sympathy for the sufferings of others; unkind

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badger

pester; annoy continually with demands; persuade by asking again and again; ex. The children badgered me into taking them into the cinema; n. a kind of mountain animal

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primary

first in rank or importance; principal; earliest in time; ex. primary stages; n. ex: first

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quack

charlatan; impostor