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natal

adj. Pertaining to one’s birth.

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rivulet

n. A small stream or brook.

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aeronaut

n. One who navigates the air, a balloonist.

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proctor

n. An agent acting for another.

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almanac

n. A series of tables giving the days of the week together with certain astronomical information.

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deplore

v. To regard with grief or sorrow.

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condescend

v. To come down voluntarily to equal terms with inferiors.

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hygiene

n. The branch of medical science that relates to improving health.

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irruption

n. Sudden invasion.

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potentate

n. One possessed of great power or sway.

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modernity

n. The state or character of being modern.

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literature

n. The written or printed productions of the human mind collectively.

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jaundice

n. A morbid condition, due to obstructed excretion of bile or characterized by yellowing of the skin.

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corrode

v. To ruin or destroy little by little.

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exodus

n. A going forth or departure from a place or country, especially of many people.

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emeritus

adj. Retired from active service but retained to an honorary position.

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necessary

adj. Indispensably requisite or absolutely needed to accomplish a desired result.

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sinuous

adj. Curving in and out.

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astringent

adj. Harsh in disposition or character.

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invigorate

v. To animate.

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excavate

v. To remove by digging or scooping out.

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deject

v. To dishearten.

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jocular

adj. Inclined to joke.

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excellence

n. Possession of eminently or unusually good qualities.

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leisure

n. Spare time.

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canary

adj. Of a bright but delicate yellow.

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blockade

n. The shutting up of a town, a frontier, or a line of coast by hostile forces.

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brevity

n. Shortness of duration.

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exigency

n. A critical period or condition.

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demise

n. Death.

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waive

v. To relinquish, especially temporarily, as a right or claim.

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succumb

v. To cease to resist.

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visual

adj. Perceptible by sight.

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resent

v. To be indignant at, as an injury or insult.

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unlimited

adj. Unconstrained.

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writing

n. The act or art of tracing or inscribing on a surface letters or ideographs.

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apiary

n. A place where bees are kept.

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extant

adj. Still existing and known.

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perspicacity

n. Acuteness or discernment.

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discontinuance

n. Interruption or intermission.

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preempt

v. To secure the right of preference in the purchase of public land.

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autocrat

n. Any one who claims or wields unrestricted or undisputed authority or influence.

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adulterate

v. To make impure by the admixture of other or baser ingredients.

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magnate

n. A person of rank or importance.

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indignant

adj. Having such anger and scorn as is aroused by meanness or wickedness.

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captivate

v. To fascinate, as by excellence. eloquence, or beauty.

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irreverence

n. The quality showing or expressing a deficiency of veneration, especially for sacred things.

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opposite

adj. Radically different or contrary in action or movement.

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mongrel

n. The progeny resulting from the crossing of different breeds or varieties.

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triennial

adj. Taking place every third year.

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narration

n. The act of recounting the particulars of an event in the order of time or occurrence.

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Decameron

n. A volume consisting of ten parts or books.

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oratory

n. The art of public speaking.

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impiety

n. Irreverence toward God.

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acclaim

v. To utter with a shout.

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lexicography

n. The making of dictionaries.

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alto

n. The lowest or deepest female voice or part.

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replica

n. A duplicate executed by the artist himself, and regarded, equally with the first, as an original.

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antiphon

n. A response or alteration of responses, generally musical.

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divisor

n. That by which a number or quantity is divided.

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embody

v. To express, formulate, or exemplify in a concrete, compact or visible form.

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conservative

adj. Adhering to the existing order of things.

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lea

n. A field.

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furlough

n. A temporary absence of a soldier or sailor by permission of the commanding officer.

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exhume

v. To dig out of the earth (what has been buried).

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intolerance

n. Inability or unwillingness to bear or endure.

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innovate

v. To introduce or strive to introduce new things.

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solecism

n. Any violation of established rules or customs.

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antedate

v. To assign or affix a date to earlier than the actual one.

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belligerent

adj. Manifesting a warlike spirit.

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extravagance

n. Undue expenditure of money.

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courtesy

n. Politeness originating in kindness and exercised habitually.

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sextuple

adj. Multiplied by six.

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transcribe

v. To write over again (something already written)

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homophone

n. A word agreeing in sound with but different in meaning from another.

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excrescence

n. Any unnatural addition, outgrowth, or development.

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negligence

n. Omission of that which ought to be done.

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estuary

n. A wide lower part of a tidal river.

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magician

n. A sorcerer.

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propulsion

n. A driving onward or forward.

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latish

adj. Rather late.

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facile

adj. Not difficult to do.

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negotiable

v. To bargain with others for an agreement, as for a treaty or transfer of property.

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paralyze

v. To deprive of the power to act.

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submersion

n. The act of submerging.

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eloquent

adj. Having the ability to express emotion or feeling in lofty and impassioned speech.

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derision

n. Ridicule.

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protagonist

n. A leader in any enterprise or contest.

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grandiose

adj. Having an imposing style or effect.

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precedence

n. Priority in place, time, or rank.

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mountaineer

n. One who travels among or climbs mountains for pleasure or exercise.

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heathenish

adj. Irreligious.

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prehension

n. The act of laying hold of or grasping.

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conveyance

n. That by which anything is transported.

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outride

v. To ride faster than.

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recluse

n. One who lives in retirement or seclusion.

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campaign

n. A complete series of connected military operations.

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temporal

adj. Pertaining to or concerned with the affairs of the present life.

99

skeptic

n. One who doubts any statements.

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ogre

n. A demon or monster that was supposed to devour human beings.

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drought

n. Dry weather, especially when so long continued as to cause vegetation to wither.

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laudatory

adj. Pertaining to, expressing, or containing praise.

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reign

v. To hold and exercise sovereign power.

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connubial

adj. Pertaining to marriage or matrimony.

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phosphorescence

n. The property of emitting light.

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abscess

n. A Collection of pus in a cavity formed within some tissue of the body.

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peripatetic

adj. Walking about.

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doublet

n. One of a pair of like things.

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dolesome

adj. Melancholy.

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waif

n. A homeless, neglected wanderer.

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stifle

v. To smother.

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osculate

v. To kiss.

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destitute

adj. Poverty-stricken.

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insurgence

n. Uprising.

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underlie

v. To be the ground or support of.

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truculence

n. Ferocity.

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orthodox

adj. Holding the commonly accepted faith.

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reprimand

v. To chide or rebuke for a fault.

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hexangular

adj. Having six angles.

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vitalize

v. To endow with life or energy.

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accustom

v. To make familiar by use.

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decasyllable

n. A line of ten syllables.

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miter

n. The junction of two bodies at an equally divided angle.

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wherever

adv. In or at whatever place.

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left-handed

adj. Using the left hand or arm more dexterously than the right.

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paragon

n. A model of excellence.

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salient

adj. Standing out prominently.

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incapacitate

v. To deprive of power, capacity, competency, or qualification.

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negation

n. The act of denying or of asserting the falsity of a proposition.

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patrimony

n. An inheritance from an ancestor, especially from one’s father.

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dolorous

adj. Expressing or causing sorrow or pain.

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insulate

v. To place in a detached state or situation.

133

viol

n. A stringed instrument of the violin class.

134

encyclical

adj. Intended for general circulation.

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regality

n. Royalty.

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casual

adj. Accidental, by chance.

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conversant

adj. Thoroughly informed.

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head

foremost adv. Precipitately, as in diving.

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equilibrium

n. A state of balance.

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alienate

v. To cause to turn away.

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estimable

adj. Worthy of respect.

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protrusion

n. The act of protruding.

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saline

adj. Constituting or consisting of salt.

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extremist

n. One who supports extreme measures or holds extreme views.

145

piccolo

n. A small flute.

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sustenance

n. Food.

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hoodwink

v. To deceive.

148

liniment

n. A liquid preparation for rubbing on the skin in cases of bruises, inflammation, etc.

149

demonstrative

adj. Inclined to strong exhibition or expression of feeling or thoughts.

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panegyric

n. A formal and elaborate eulogy, written or spoken, of a person or of an act.

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aerostatics

n. The branch of pneumatics that treats of the equilibrium, pressure, and mechanical properties.

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intrusion

n. The act of entering without warrant or invitation; encroachment.

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acrimony

n. Sharpness or bitterness of speech or temper.

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perspicacious

adj. Astute.

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ramify

v. To divide or subdivide into branches or subdivisions.

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stupendous

adj. Of prodigious size, bulk, or degree.

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usurious

adj. Taking unlawful or exorbitant interest on money loaned.

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procedure

n. A manner or method of acting.

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hydraulic

adj. Involving the moving of water, of the force exerted by water in motion.

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infuse

v. To instill, introduce, or inculcate, as principles or qualities.

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betide

v. To happen to or befall.

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sheer

adj. Absolute.

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poesy

n. Poetry.

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nauseous

adj. Loathsome.

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obesity

n. Excessive fatness.

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pentahedron

n. A solid bounded by five plane faces.

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ignominious

adj. Shameful.

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aviary

n. A spacious cage or enclosure in which live birds are kept.

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tranquil

adj. Calm.

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brimstone

n. Sulfur.

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nunnery

n. A convent for nuns.

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eventual

adj. Ultimate.

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versatile

adj. Having an aptitude for applying oneself to new and varied tasks or to various subjects.

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conscience

n. The faculty in man by which he distinguishes between right and wrong in character and conduct.

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introspection

n. The act of observing and analyzing one’s own thoughts and feelings.

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militarism

n. A policy of maintaining great standing armies.

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euphonious

adj. Characterized by agreeableness of sound.

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polytechnic

adj. Pertaining to, embracing, or practicing many arts.

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contemporaneous

adj. Living, occurring, or existing at the same time.

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hawthorn

n. A thorny shrub much used in England for hedges.

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enlist

v. To enter voluntarily the military service by formal enrollment.

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emphatic

adj. Spoken with any special impressiveness laid upon an act, word, or set of words.

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knead

v. To mix and work into a homogeneous mass, especially with the hands.

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preemption

n. The right or act of purchasing before others.

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rectitude

n. The quality of being upright in principles and conduct.

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well-to-do

adj. In prosperous circumstances.

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transalpine

adj. Situated on the other side of the Alps.

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thoroughbred

adj. Bred from the best or purest blood or stock.

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hirsute

adj. Having a hairy covering.

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gynecology

n. The science that treats of the functions and diseases peculiar to women.

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dwindle

v. To diminish or become less.

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imaginary

adj. Fancied.

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motto

n. An expressive word or pithy sentence enunciating some guiding rule of life, or faith.

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unsettle

v. To put into confusion.

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limitation

n. A restriction.

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illusion

n. An unreal image presented to the senses.

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scribe

n. One who writes or is skilled in writing.

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capillary

n. A minute vessel having walls composed of a single layer of cells.

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audition

n. The act or sensation of hearing.

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wiry

adj. Thin, but tough and sinewy.