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parlor

n. A room for reception of callers or entertainment of guests.

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microscope

n. An instrument for assisting the eye in the vision of minute objects or features of objects.

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specie

n. A coin or coins of gold, silver, copper, or other metal.

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connive

v. To be in collusion.

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exceed

v. To go beyond, as in measure, quality, value, action, power, skill, etc.

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obvert

v. To turn the front or principal side of (a thing) toward any person or object.

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ascetic

adj. Given to severe self-denial and practicing excessive abstinence and devotion.

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sibilant

adj. Made with a hissing sound.

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possessive

adj. Pertaining to the having, holding, or detention of property in one’s power or command.

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phonic

adj. Pertaining to the nature of sound.

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browbeat

v. To overwhelm, or attempt to do so, by stern, haughty, or rude address or manner.

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preface

n. A brief explanation or address to the reader, at the beginning of a book.

13

laggard

adj. Falling behind.

14

truculence

n. Ferocity.

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adamant

n. Any substance of exceeding hardness or impenetrability.

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locative

adj. Indicating place, or the place where or wherein an action occurs.

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mellifluous

adj. Sweetly or smoothly flowing.

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dissuasion

n. The act of changing the purpose of or altering the plans of through persuasion, or pleading.

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choral

adj. Pertaining to, intended for, or performed by a chorus or choir.

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christen

v. To name in baptism.

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ameliorate

v. To relieve, as from pain or hardship

22

batter

n. A thick liquid mixture of two or more materials beaten together, to be used in cookery.

23

trinity

n. A threefold personality existing in the one divine being or substance.

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infusion

n. The act of imbuing, or pouring in.

25

postscript

n. Something added to a letter after the writer’s signature.

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upcast

n. A throwing upward.

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neglectful

adj. Exhibiting or indicating omission.

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contumacy

n. Contemptuous disregard of the requirements of rightful authority.

29

baritone

adj. Having a register higher than bass and lower than tenor.

30

charlatan

n. A quack.

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arbiter

n. One chosen or appointed, by mutual consent of parties in dispute, to decide matters.

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judicious

adj. Prudent.

33

scythe

n. A long curved blade for mowing, reaping, etc.

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dogmatic

adj. Making statements without argument or evidence.

35

Sol

n. The sun.

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neopaganism

n. A new or revived paganism.

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distrust

n. Lack of confidence in the power, wisdom, or good intent of any person.

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creamery

n. A butter-making establishment.

39

beatitude

n. Any state of great happiness.

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composure

n. Calmness.

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interrogatory

n. A question or inquiry.

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reprobate

n. One abandoned to depravity and sin.

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decisive

ad. Conclusive.

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entwine

v. To interweave.

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intrusion

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

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reversion

n. A return to or toward some former state or condition.

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maharaja

n. A great Hindu prince.

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chastity

n. Sexual or moral purity.

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pinchers

n. An instrument having two jaws working on a pivot.

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lying

n. Untruthfulness.

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vulnerable

adj. Capable of receiving injuries.

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homogeneous

adj. Made up of similar parts or elements.

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sphericity

n. The state or condition of being a sphere.

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preestablish

v. To settle or arrange beforehand.

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scoundrel

n. A man without principle.

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calumny

n. Slander.

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undulous

adj. Resembling waves.

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protection

n. Preservation from harm, danger, annoyance, or any other evil.

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abstemious

adj. Characterized by self denial or abstinence, as in the use of drink, food.

60

sisterhood

n. A body of sisters united by some bond of sympathy or by a religious vow.

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propellant

adj. Propelling.

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reinstate

v. To restore to a former state, station, or authority.

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stupor

n. Profound lethargy.

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officiate

v. To act as an officer or leader.

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rebut

v. To oppose by argument or a sufficient answer.

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recognizance

n. An acknowledgment entered into before a court with condition to do some particular act.

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guileless

adj. Frank.

68

arboreal

adj. Of or pertaining to a tree or trees.

69

forehead

n. The upper part of the face, between the eyes and the hair.

70

defray

v. To make payment for.

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philanthropy

n. Active humanitarianism.

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ultimate

adj. Beyond which there is nothing else.

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appreciable

adj. Capable of being discerned by the senses or intellect.

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further

adj. More distant or advanced.

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pagan

n. A worshiper of false gods.

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debatable

adj. Subject to contention or dispute.

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abundant

adj. Plentiful.

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distort

v. To twist into an unnatural or irregular form.

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stealth

n. A concealed manner of acting.

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comprise

v. To consist of.

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approbation

n. Sanction.

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primitive

adj. Pertaining to the beginning or early times.

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apparition

n. Ghost.

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divagation

n. Digression.

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jaundice

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

86

tenet

n. Any opinion, principle, dogma, or doctrine that a person believes or maintains as true.

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transalpine

adj. Situated on the other side of the Alps.

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affectation

n. A studied or ostentatious pretense or attempt.

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miter

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

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aghast

adj. Struck with terror and amazement.

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cogent

adj. Appealing strongly to the reason or conscience.

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engender

v. To produce.

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pedant

n. A scholar who makes needless and inopportune display of his learning.

94

prevalence

n. Frequency.

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generalize

v. To draw general inferences.

96

quadrate

v. To divide into quarters.

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forefather

n. An ancestor.

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wrangle

v. To maintain by noisy argument or dispute.

99

hiatus

n. A break or vacancy where something necessary to supply the connection is wanting.

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introspect

v. To look into.

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imperil

v. To endanger.

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surfeit

v. To feed to fullness or to satiety.

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confide

v. To reveal in trust or confidence.

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submittal

n. The act of submitting.

105

Elizabethan

adj. Relating to Elizabeth, queen of England, or to her era.

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scurrilous

adj. Grossly indecent or vulgar.

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infallible

adj. Exempt from error of judgment, as in opinion or statement.

108

obstetrics

n. The branch of medical science concerned with the treatment and care of women during pregnancy.

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illusory

adj. Deceiving or tending to deceive, as by false appearance.

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fondle

v. To handle tenderly and lovingly.

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distraught

adj. Bewildered.

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coincidence

n. A circumstance so agreeing with another: often implying accident.

113

tack

n. A small sharp-pointed nail.

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privy

adj. Participating with another or others in the knowledge of a secret transaction.

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allege

v. To assert to be true, especially in a formal manner, as in court.

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inexorable

adj. Unrelenting.

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galvanism

n. Current electricity, especially that arising from chemical action.

118

replica

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

119

ponderous

adj. Unusually weighty or forcible.

120

transience

n. Something that is of short duration.

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preponderate

v. To exceed in influence or power.

122

egress

n. Any place of exit.

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wantonness

n. Recklessness.

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pertinacity

n. Unyielding adherence.

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prelacy

n. A system of church government.

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cantonment

n. The part of the town or district in which the troops are quartered.

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antonym

n. A word directly opposed to another in meaning.

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calculable

adj. That may be estimated by reckoning.

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annotate

v. To make explanatory or critical notes on or upon.

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Augustinian

adj. Pertaining to St. Augustine, his doctrines, or the religious orders called after him.

131

portend

v. To indicate as being about to happen, especially by previous signs.

132

subconscious

adj. Being or occurring in the mind, but without attendant consciousness or conscious perception.

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distrainor

n. One who subjects a person to distress.

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debonair

adj. Having gentle or courteous bearing or manner.

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rigorous

adj. Uncompromising.

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reconsider

v. To review with care, especially with a view to a reversal of previous action.

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afterthought

n. A thought that comes later than its appropriate or expected time.

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acumen

n. Quickness of intellectual insight, or discernment; keenness of discrimination.

139

vermin

n. A noxious or troublesome animal.

140

henchman

n. A servile assistant and subordinate.

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archbishop

n. The chief of the bishops of an ecclesiastical province in the Greek, Roman, and Anglican church.

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mutilate

v. To disfigure.

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conceive

v. To form an idea, mental image or thought of.

144

subacid

adj. Somewhat sharp or biting.

145

baleful

adj. Malignant.

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ordination

n. A consecration to the ministry.

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statistician

n. One who is skilled in collecting and tabulating numerical facts.

148

taxidermy

n. The art or process of preserving dead animals or parts of them.

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contaminate

v. To pollute.

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Decameron

n. A volume consisting of ten parts or books.

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arrogant

adj. Unduly or excessively proud, as of wealth, station, learning, etc.

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menagerie

n. A collection of wild animals, especially when kept for exhibition.

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orgies

n. Wild or wanton revelry.

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pestilential

adj. having the nature of or breeding pestilence.

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disappear

v. To cease to exist, either actually or for the time being.

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commissariat

n. The department of an army charged with the provision of its food and water and daily needs.

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impiety

n. Irreverence toward God.

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bauble

n. A trinket.

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foppery

n. Dandyism.

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tincture

n. A solution, usually alcoholic, of some principle used in medicine.

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unify

v. To cause to be one.

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reliquary

n. A casket, coffer, or repository in which relics are kept.

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monosyllable

n. A word of one syllable.

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degeneracy

n. A becoming worse.

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ordnance

n. A general name for all kinds of weapons and their appliances used in war.

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microphone

n. An apparatus for magnifying faint sounds.

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Quixotic

adj. Chivalrous or romantic to a ridiculous or extravagant degree.

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regress

v. To return to a former place or condition.

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agile

adj. Able to move or act quickly, physically, or mentally.

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finality

n. The state or quality of being final or complete.

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extort

v. To obtain by violence, threats, compulsion, or the subjection of another to some necessity.

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wreak

v. To inflict, as a revenge or punishment.

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injunction

n. Mandate.

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photometry

n. The art of measuring the intensity of light.

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Sybarite

n. A luxurious person.

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dissension

n. Angry or violent difference of opinion.

177

stiletto

n. A small dagger.

178

abscess

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

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instigator

n. One who incites to evil.

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conduit

n. A means for conducting something, particularly a tube, pipe, or passageway for a fluid.

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onslaught

n. A violent onset.

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cataclysm

n. Any overwhelming flood of water.

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insular

adj. Pertaining to an island.

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denounce

v. To point out or publicly accuse as deserving of punishment, censure, or odium.

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trickery

n. Artifice.

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beseech

v. To implore.

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nectarine

n. A variety of the peach.

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aristocrat

n. A hereditary noble or one nearly connected with nobility.

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discrepant

adj. Opposite.

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mordacious

adj. Biting or giving to biting.

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interrogative

adj. Having the nature or form of a question.

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satiate

v. To satisfy fully the appetite or desire of.

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expect

v. To look forward to as certain or probable.

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populace

n. The common people.

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encourage

v. To inspire with courage, hope, or strength of mind.

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compulsion

n. Coercion.

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quietus

n. A silencing, suppressing, or ending.

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coronation

n. The act or ceremony of crowning a monarch.

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waive

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

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sextet

n. A band of six singers or players.