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pious

(adj.) devoutly religious

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votive

(adj.) offered or consecrated in fulfillment of a vow

(n.) an object offored in fulfillment of a vow

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connoisseur

(n.) an expert judge in matters of taste

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teem

(v.) be full of or swarming with

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limber

(v.) warm up in preparation for exercise or activity, esp. sports

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ascribe

(v.) attritubute something to (a cause)

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inaugurate

(v.) begin or introduce (a system, policy, or period)

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parlance

(n.) a particular way of speaking or using words, esp. a way common to those with a particular job or interest

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enhance

(v.) intensify, increase, or further imporive the quality, value, or extent of

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predator

(n.) an animal that naturally preys on others; a person or group that ruthlessly exploits tohers

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deity

(n.) a god or goddess (in a polytheistic religion

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mystic

(n.) a person who seeks by contemplation & self-surrender to obtain unity with or absorption into the Deity or the absolute

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proxy

(n.) the authority to represent someone else, esp. in voting; a figure that can be used to represent the value of something in a calculation

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auspice

(n.) a divine or prophetic token

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venerable

(adj.) accorded a great deal of respect, esp. because of age, wisdom, or character

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deploy

(v.) to move (troops) into position for military action

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pastime

(n.) an actvity that someone does regurlary for ejoyment rather than work; a hobby

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uninitiated

(adj.) without special knowledge or experience

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aficionado

(n.) a person who is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about an activity, subject, or pastime

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dissipate

(v.) disperse or scatter; squander or fritter away (money, energy, or resources)

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contour

(n.) an outline, esp. one repsenting or bounding the shape or form of something

(v.) to mold into a specific shape, typically one designed to fit into something else; mark (a map or diagram) with contour lines

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disgruntled

(adj.) angry or dissatisfied

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augury

(n.) a sign of what will happen in the future; an omen

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vindication

(n.) the defense, such as evidence or argument, that serves to justify a claim or deed

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perverse

(adj.) showing a deliberate and obstinate desire to behave in a way that is unreasonable or unacceptable, often in spite of the consequences

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avian

(adj.) of or relating to birds

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hypothetical

(adj.) of, based on, or serving as a hypothesis

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aphoristic

(adj.) marked by the use of few words to convey much information or meaning

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evocative

(adj.) bringing strong images, memories, or feelings to mind

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etymology

(n.) the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed throughout history

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predatory

(adj.) relating to or denoting an animal or animals preying naturally on others; seeking to exploit or oppress others

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ecological

(adj.) relating to or concerned with the relation of living organisms to one another and to their phsyical surroundings

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dominion

(n.) sovereignty; control; the territory of a sovereign or government

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ponderous

(adj.) slow and clumsy because of great weight

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aside

(adv.) to one side; out of the way

(n.) a remark or passage by a character in a play that is intended to be heard by the audience but unheard by the other characters in the play

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theology

(n.) the study of the nature of God and religious belief

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rumination

(v.) to think carefully and deeply about something

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fanciful

(adj.) (of a person or their thoughts and ideas) overimaginative and unrealisitc

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auspicious

(adj.) conducive to success; favorable

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ornithology

(n.) the scientific study of birds

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ominous

(adj.) giving the impression that something bad or unpleasant in going to happen; threatening; inauspicious

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portent

(n.) a sign or warning that something, esp. something momentous or calamitous, is likely to happen; an exceptional or wonderful person or thing

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context

(n.) the circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood and assessed