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beholden

adj. obligated; indebted

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benignity

n. state of being kind, benign, gracious

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benison

n. blessing

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bereavement

n. state of being deprived of something valuable or beloved

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bifurcated

adj. divided into two branches; forked

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billingsgate

n. abusive language

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blase

adj. bored with pleasure or dissipation

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bowdlerize

v. expurgate; censor

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brackish

adj somewhat saline

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breviary

n. book containing daily prayers

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brindled

adj. tawny or grayish with streaks or spots

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bugaboo

n. bugbear; object f baseless terror

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buskin

n. thick soled half boot worn by actors of Greek tragedy

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callow

adj. unfledged; youthful

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capillary

adj. having a very fine bore

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carafe

n. glass water bottle; decanter

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carillon

n. a set of bells capable of being played

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cartographer

n. maker of maps or charts

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caryatid

n. sculptured column of a female figure

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casuistry

n. subtle or sophisticated reasoning resulting in minute distinctions

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catalyst

n. agent which brings about a chemical change while it remains unaffected and unchanged

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catharsis

n. purging or cleansing of any passage of the body

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caucus

n. private meeting of members of a party to select officers or determine policy

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celerity

n. speed; rapidity

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centripetal

adj. tending toward the center

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chiromancy

n. plmistry

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codicil

n. supplement to the body of a will

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compendium

n. brief comprehensive summary

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complicity

n. participation; involcement

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compromise

v. adjust; endanger the interests or reputation of

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concordat

n. agreement, usually between the papal authority and the secular

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conduit

n. aqueduct; passageway for fluids

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conjecture

n. surmise; guess

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convoluted

adj. coiled around; involved; intricate

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cordon

n. extended line of men or fortifications to prevent access or egress

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cormorant

n. greedy, rapacious bird

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coruscate

v. glitter; scintillate

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cozen

v. cheat; hoodwink; swindle

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credo

n. creed

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crepuscular

adj. pertaining to twilight

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crotchety

adj. eccentric; whimsical