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cruet

n. small glass bottle for vinegar, oil, etc

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crypt

n. secret recess or vault, usually used for burial

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cul-de-sac

n. blind alley; trap

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culvert

n. artificial channel for water

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curator

n. superintendent; manager

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curmudgeon

n. churlish, miserly individual

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cynosure

n. the object of general attention

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debacle

n. breaking up; downfall

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deventure

n. bond issued to secure a loan

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decimate

v. kill, usually one out of 10

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decollete

adj. having a low-necked dress

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decrepitude

n. state of collapse caused by illness or old age

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degraded

adj. lowered in rank; debased

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deliquescent

adj. capable of absorbing moisture from the air and becoming liquid

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demese

n. domain; land over which a person has full soverignity

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demotic

adj. pertaining to the people

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denigrate

v. blacken

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denotation

n. meaning; distinguishing by name

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denouement

n. outcome; final development of the plot of a play

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desideratum

n. that which is desired

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determinate

adj. having a fixed order of procedure; invariable

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diatribe

n. bitter scolding; invective

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didactic

adj. teaching; instructional

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disabuse

v. correct a false impression; undeceive

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dishabill

n. in a state of undress

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distaff

adj. female

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doddering

adj. shaky; infirm from old age

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duenna

n. attendant of young female; chaperone

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dulcet

adj. sweet sounding

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dynamic

adj. active; efficient

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eclat

n. brilliance; glory

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eclecticism

n. selection of elements from various sets of opinions or systems

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ecologist

n. a person concerned with the interrelationship between living organisms and their new invironment

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effluvium

n. noxious smell

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embryonic

undeveloped; rudimentary

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emendation

n. correction of errors; improvement

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emeritus

adj. retired but still keeps the title (eg dean emeritus of the graduate school)

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amollient

n. soothing or softening remedy

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empirical

adj. based on experience

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empyreal

adj. celestial; fiery

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encomium

n. praise; eulogy

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endemic

adj. prevailing among a specific group of people or in a specific are or country

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enigmatic

adj. obscure; puzzling

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enjoin

v. command; order; forbid

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ensue

v. follow

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entomology

n. study of insects

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equipoise

n. balance; balancing force; equilibrium

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equitable

adj. fair; impartial

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erudition

n. high degree of knowledge and learning

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enthology

n. study of man

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eugenic

adj. pertaining to the improvement of race

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eviscerate

v. disembowel; remove entrails

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exacerbate

v. worsen; embitter