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Quibble (n)

minor objection or complaint

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Quiescent (adj)

at rest; dormant

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Quintessence (n)

purest and highest embodiment
The exhibition Treasures of the Imperial Collections embodies the quintessence of modern Japanese art

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Quip (n)

taunt
You are too free with your quips and sarcastic comments

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Quirk (n)

startling wish; caprice
By a quirk of fate, he found himself working for the man whom he had discharged years before

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Quixotic (adj)

idealistic but impractical
Constantly coming u with quixotic, unworkable schemes to save the world, Simon has his heart in the right place

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Quotidian (n)

daily; commonplace; customary

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Ramify (v)

divide into branches or subdivisions

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Rancor (n)

bitterness; hatred
Thirty years after war, she could not let go of the pas by was still consumed with rancour against the foe

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Rankle (v)

irritate; fester
The memory of having been jilted rankled him for years

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Rapacious (adj)

excessively grasping; plundering
Hawks and other rapacious birds prey on a variety of small animals

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Rapt (adj)

absorbed; enchanted

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Ratiocination (n)

reasoning; act of drawing conclusions
While Watson was a man of average intelligence, Holmes was a genius, whose gift for ratiocination made him a superb detective

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Raucous (adj)

harsh and shrill; disorderly and boisterous
The raucous crowd of New Year's Eve revellers grew progressively noisier as midnight drew near

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Recalcitrant (adj)

obstinately stubborn; determined to resist authority; unruly
Which animal do you think is more recalcitrant, a pig or a mule?

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Recant (v)

disclaim or disavow; retract a previous statement; openly confess error

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Recapitulate (v)

summarise
Let us recapitulate what has been said thus far before going ahead

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Recidivism (n)

habitual return to crime
Prison reformers in the United States are disturbed by the high rate of recidivism; the number of persons serving second and third terms indicates the failure of prisons to rehabilitate the inmates

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Recondite (adj)

abstruse; profound; secret
He read many recondite books in order to obtain material for his scholarly thesis

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Recrimination (n)

countercharges

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Redoubtable (adj)

formidable; causing fear
Do not preempt them as they could be redoubtable foes