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excoriate

v. flay; abrade

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execrate

v. curse; express abhorrence for

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exegesis

n. explanation, especially of Biblical passages

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ex officio

adj. by virtue of one's office

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expletive

n. interjection; profane oath

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febrile

adj. feverish

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excision

n. act of cutting away

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fiduciary

adj. pertaining to a position of trust

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floe

n. mass of floating ice

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fluted

adj. having vertical parallel grooves (as in a pillar)

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fracas

n. brawl, melee

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frond

n. fern leaf; palm or banana leaf

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fulcrum

n. support on which a lever rests

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fulgent

adj. beaming; radiant

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gambit

n. opening in chess in which a piece is sacrifice

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garrulous

adj. loquacious; wordy

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gasconade

n. bluster; boastfulness

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gauche

adj. clumsy; borrish

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genealogy

n. record of descent; lineage

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genuflect

v. bend the knee as in worship

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germinal

adj. pertaining to a germ; creatice

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gerrymander

v. change voting district lines in order to favor a political party

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gestate

v. evolve, as in prenatal growth

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gratuity

n. tip

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hackles

n. hairs on back and neck of a dog

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hegira

n. flight

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hermetically

adv. sealed by fusion so as to be airtight

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hew

v. cut to pieces with ax or sword

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hortatory

adj. encouraging; exhortive

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hoyden

n. boisterous girl

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hummock

n. small hill

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husbandry

n. frugality; thrift; agriculture

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hustings

n. meetings particularly to choose candidates

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hyperbole

n. exaggeration; overstatement

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hyperborean

adj. situated in extreme north; arctic; cold

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hypothecate

v. mortgage; pledge as security

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idiosyncratic

adj. private; peculiar to an individual

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illusive

adj. decieving

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imbrue

v. drench, stain, especially with blood

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immure

v. imprison; shut up in confinement

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impalpable

adj. imperceptible; intangible

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imperturbable

adj. calm; placid