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apostrophe

appeal to someone not present (a figure of speech)

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emollient

softening

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fusillade

long burst of gunfire

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mince

walk with tiny steps; speak in an affected manner

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palpate

medical term meaning to examine with the hands

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platitude

unoriginal, obvious saying

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quibble

to play on words when finding fault; a minor verbal point in argument

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derision

mockery

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epigram

short, witty saying

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lassitude

lack of energy; weariness

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pedantic

over-insistent on matters of book-learning

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phenomenology

branch of science concerned with things as they are perceived; not directly derived from theory

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precipitate

hurried; insoluble product of a reaction in chemistry; to instigate or speed up in action

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armada

fleet of ships

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dawdler

slow person who falls behind others

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dross

something worthless; impurities left after refining

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expiate

atone; make amends for

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hack

person who writes to earn money; hired horse

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prone

horizontal

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propensity

tendency, inclination

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scabbard

cover for a sword

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skiff

small boat

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umbrage

shadow; offence; sense of injury

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dilettantism

dabbling (esp. in the arts)

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enervate

weaken

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malevolent

having evil intentions

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neophyte

new convert; tyro

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panegyric

speech praising someone; laudatory words

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presage

forewarn of; indicate

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serration

jagged edge

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slight

perceived insult

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tare

a noxious weed

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unprepossessing

unattractive

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aberration

deviation from the normal

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cant

insincere talk

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disinter

dig up

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lacuna

gap; missing part

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monolithic

united in purpose; forming a single unit

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pied

multicolored

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seemly

appropriate (of behavior); decorous

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analogue

something similar; output proportional to input (in engineering)

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coda

piece of music at the end of musical work; finale; final part of document

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commingle

mix

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equivocal

ambiguous; open to interpretation

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hallow

respect; worthy

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indigence

poverty

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pique

annoyance; to stimulate interest; to annoy

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sap

to undermine; a fool

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arbitrator

mediator; person appointed to judge a dispute

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descry

to see; catch sight of

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facetious

not intended to be taken seriously

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indecorous

unseemly; inappropriate behavior

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scotch

to prevent; stop; disable

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strut

supporting rod

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usury

lending money at high interest rates

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wag

a witty person

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atavism

reappearance of ancestral traits; regression

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filibuster

delaying tactics

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gambit

opening move; transaction

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mitigation

making less severe

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obligate

compulsory

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predilection

leaning; interest; talent

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propitiate

appease; try to gain favor

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stanch

to stop

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travesty

parody; ridiculous error

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lumber

walk in an ungainly way

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prescience

foreknowledge

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ready

quick (used of wit)

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squalid

dirty and demeaning

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sullied

made dirty or impure

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veneration

worship; respect

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demur

object; hesitate to accept

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exigency

urgent matter; pressing need

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expostulate

offer strong objections; remonstrate

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gossamer

delicate; filmy; like gauze

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inefficacious

ineffective

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prudish

narrow-minded

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quixotic

impractically idealistic

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stipple

cover with dots of paint