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affinity

(n.) a natural attraction to a person, thing, or activity; a relationship, connection
syn: penchant
ant: aversion

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bilious

(adj.) peevish or irritable; sickeningly unpleasant
syn: irascible

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cognate

(adj.) closely related in origin, essential nature, or function; (n.) such a person or thing

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corollary

(n.) a proposition that follows from one already proven; a natural consequence or result; (adj.) resultant or consequent

5

cul-de-sac

(n.) a blind alley or dead-end street; any situation in which further progress is impossible; an impasse

6

derring-do

(n.) valor or heroism; daring deeds or exploits (often used to poke fun at false heroics)
syn: audacity, bravado

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divination

(n.) the art or act of predicting the future or discovering hidden knowledge
syn: augury

8

elixir

(n.) a potion once thought capable of curing all ills and maintaining life indefinitely; a panacea; a sweet liquid used as a vehicle in medicines

9

folderol

(n.) foolish talk, ideas, or procedures; nonsense; a trifle

10

gamut

(n.) an entire range or series

11

hoi polloi

(n.) the common people, the masses

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ineffable

(adj.) not expressible in words; too great or too scared to be uttered

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lucubration

(n.) laborious study or thought, especially at night; the result of such work

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mnemonic

(adj.) relating to or designed to assist

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obloquy

(n.) public abuse indicating strong disapproval or censure; the disgrace resulting from such treatment
syn: opprobrium

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parameter

(n.) a determining or characteristic element; a factor that shapes the total outcome; a limit, boundary

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pundit

(n.) a learned person; one who gives authoritative opinions

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risible

(adj.) pertaining to laughter; able or inclined to laugh; laughable
syn: droll
ant: poignant

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symptomatic

(adj.) typical or characteristic; being or concerned with a symptom of a disease

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volte-face

(n.) an about-face; a complete reversal