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biopic

(informal) a biographical movie.

2

draught

British name for the game of checkers.

3

sumo

a Japanese form of wrestling in which a contestant loses if he is forced out of the ring or if any part of his body except the soles of his feet touches the ground.

4

welterweight

a weight in boxing and other sports intermediate between lightweight and middleweight. In the amateur boxing scale it ranges from 140 to 147 pounds (63.5–67 kg).

5

avocation

a hobby or minor occupation

6

sic

intentionally so written —used after a printed word or passage to indicate that it is intended exactly as printed or to indicate that it exactly reproduces an original

7

shard

fragment of pottery

8

stela

(pl=stelae) an upright stone slab or column typically bearing a commemorative inscription or relief design, often serving as a gravestone.

9

sherd

another term for potsherd -- a broken piece or fragment of a brittle substance, esp of pottery

10

artifact

shaped by human hands

11

fey

1. giving an impression of vague unworldliness 2.having supernatual powers of clairvoyance 3. (Scottish) fated to die or at the point of death

12

pena

1. sentence, penalty 2. sorrow, grief

13

preternatural

unnatural; abnormal; extraordinary

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unprepossessing

unattractive

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verboten

forbidden; especially : prohibited by dictate

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latent

hidden; real but undeveloped

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spectral

of or like a ghost

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sumptuous

extremely costly, rich, luxurious, or magnificent

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basal

relating to, situated at, or forming the base. 2. : of, relating to, or essential for maintaining the fundamental vital activities of an organism (as respiration, heartbeat, or excretion)

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inexorable

relentless, unstoppable, inescapable, inevitable

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insular

(adj.) separated and narrow-minded; tight-knit, closed off (noun = insularity)

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funerary

(adj) relating to a funeral or the commemoration of the dead.

23

mojo

originally means a charm or a spell. But now its more commonly said meaning sex appeal or talent

24

moribund

dying, expiring, terminal, on one's deathbed

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ignominious, (n) -miny

Deserving disgrace; shameful; dishonorable.

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lassitude

lack of energy; weariness

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androgynous

1. having the characteristics or nature of both male and female. 2. neither specifically feminine nor masculine

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immanent

existing or operating within; inherent

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abject

most unfortunate or miserable

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ethos

the distinguishing character, sentiment, moral nature, or guiding beliefs of a person, group, or institution