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inbred

adj. Innate.

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orthogonal

adj. Having or determined by right angles.

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outdo

v. To surpass.

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lenient

adj. Not harsh.

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venerate

v. To cherish reverentially.

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truism

n. A statement so plainly true as hardly to require statement or proof.

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tractable

adj. Easily led or controlled.

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juggle

v. To play tricks of sleight of hand.

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cosmopolitan

adj. Common to all the world.

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intuition

n. Instinctive knowledge or feeling.

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insatiable

adj. That desires or craves immoderately or unappeasably.

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lyric

adj. Fitted for expression in song.

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palette

n. A thin tablet, with a hole for the thumb, upon which artists lay their colors for painting.

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descry

v. To discern.

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consonance

n. The state or quality of being in accord with.

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intermittent

adj. A temporary discontinuance.

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illusive

adj. Deceptive.

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infuse

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

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inestimable

adj. Above price.

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invaluable

adj. Exceedingly precious.

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similitude

n. Similarity.

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genealogy

n. A list, in the order of succession, of ancestors and their descendants.

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blatant

adj. Noisily or offensively loud or clamorous.

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lactic

adj. Pertaining to milk.

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incipient

adj. Initial.

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et

cetera Latin. And so forth.

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lode

n. A somewhat continuous unstratified metal- bearing vein.

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principle

n. A general truth or proposition.

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amalgam

n. An alloy or union of mercury with another metal.

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fanciless

adj. Unimaginative.

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foresail

n. A square sail.

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habitude

n. Customary relation or association.

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designate

v. To select or appoint, as by authority.

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gratuity

n. That which is given without demand or claim. Tip.

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preponderant

adj. Prevalent.

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indigent

adj. Poor.

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brimstone

n. Sulfur.

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bursar

n. A treasurer.

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pseudapostle

n. A pretended or false apostle.

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tactician

n. One who directs affairs with skill and shrewdness.

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animalcule

n. An animal of microscopic smallness.

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redundant

adj. Constituting an excess.

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atrocious

adj. Outrageously or wantonly wicked, criminal, vile, or cruel.

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essence

n. That which makes a thing to be what it is.

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bailiff

n. An officer of court having custody of prisoners under arraignment.

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pectoral

adj. Pertaining to the breast or thorax.

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clumsy

adj. Awkward of movement.

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virtu

n. Rare, curious, or beautiful quality.

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melodious

adj. Characterized by a sweet succession of sounds.

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irksome

adj. Wearisome.

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account

n. A record or statement of receipts and expenditures, or of business transactions.

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sensitive

adj. Easily affected by outside operations or influences.

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massive

adj. Of considerable bulk and weight.

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tenacious

adj. Unyielding.

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attorney-general

n. The chief law-officer of a government.

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harbinger

n. One who or that which foreruns and announces the coming of any person or thing.

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fortitude

n. Patient courage.

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gladden

v. To make joyous.

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incoherent

adj. Not logically coordinated, as to parts, elements, or details.

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exhaust

v. To empty by draining off the contents.

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heinous

adj. Odiously sinful.

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cosmogony

n. A doctrine of creation or of the origin of the universe.

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employee

n. One who works for wages or a salary.

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personage

n. A man or woman as an individual, especially one of rank or high station.

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conservative

adj. Adhering to the existing order of things.

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interpreter

n. A person who makes intelligible the speech of a foreigner by oral translation.

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anteroom

n. A room situated before and opening into another, usually larger.

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specious

adj. Plausible.

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valorous

adj. Courageous.

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transfer

v. To convey, remove, or cause to pass from one person or place to another.

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diacritical

adj. Marking a difference.

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gossamer

adj. Flimsy.

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malefactor

n. One who injures another.

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necrosis

n. the death of part of the body.

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affront

n. An open insult or indignity.

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manor

n. The landed estate of a lord or nobleman.

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misunderstand

v. To Take in a wrong sense.

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conservatism

n. Tendency to adhere to the existing order of things.

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cynicism

n. Contempt for the opinions of others and of what others value.

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linguistics

n. The science of languages, or of the origin, history, and significance of words.

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equestrian

adj. Pertaining to horses or horsemanship.

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Renaissance

n. The revival of letters, and then of art, which marks the transition from medieval to modern time.

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wretchedness

n. Extreme misery or unhappiness.

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reliant

adj. Having confidence.

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perquisite

n. Any profit from service beyond the amount fixed as salary or wages.

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verbatim

adv. Word for word.

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impudence

n. Insolent disrespect.

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arraign

v. To call into court, as a person indicted for crime, and demand whether he pleads guilty or not.

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remunerate

v. To pay or pay for.

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protective

adj. Sheltering.

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ministry

n. A service.

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upturn

v. To throw into confusion.

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desert

v. To abandon without regard to the welfare of the abandoned

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stagnate

v. To become dull or inert.

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regale

v. To give unusual pleasure.

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myriad

n. A vast indefinite number.

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stupendous

adj. Of prodigious size, bulk, or degree.

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propaganda

n. Any institution or systematic scheme for propagating a doctrine or system.

99

massacre

n. The unnecessary and indiscriminate killing of human beings.

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tentative

adj. Done as an experiment.

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stingy

adj. Cheap, unwilling to spend money.

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mediocre

adj. Ordinary.

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dilapidated

pa. Fallen into decay or partial ruin.

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leviathan

n. Any large animal, as a whale.

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muffle

v. To deaden the sound of, as by wraps.

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inversion

n. Change of order so that the first shall become last and the last first.

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prominence

n. The quality of being noticeable or distinguished.

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viscount

n. In England, a title of nobility, ranking fourth in the order of British peerage.

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stagnant

adj. Not flowing: said of water, as in a pool.

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butt

v. To strike with or as with the head, or horns.

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light-hearted

adj. Free from care.

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assessor

n. An officer whose duty it is to assess taxes.

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officious

adj. Intermeddling with what is not one’s concern.

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paucity

n. Fewness.

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hibernal

adj. Pertaining to winter.

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sibilate

v. To give a hissing sound to, as in pronouncing the letter s.

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lieu

n. Stead.

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surmise

v. To conjecture.

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ailment

n. Slight sickness.

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discountenance

v. To look upon with disfavor.

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inveterate

adj. Habitual.

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commute

v. To put something, especially something less severe, in place of.

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compression

n. Constraint, as by force or authority.

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scholarly

adj. Characteristic of an erudite person.

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astringent

adj. Harsh in disposition or character.

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vacate

v. To leave.

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loch

n. A lake.

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grandeur

n. The quality of being grand or admirably great.

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hoard

v. To gather and store away for the sake of accumulation.

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continuance

n. Permanence.

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alacrity

n. Cheerful willingness.

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colleague

n. An associate in professional employment.

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introvert

v. To turn within.

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leniency

n. Forbearance.

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overpay

v. To pay or reward in excess.

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catholicity

n. Universal prevalence or acceptance.

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punitive

adj. Pertaining to punishment.

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disreputable

adj. Dishonorable or disgraceful.

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uproot

v. To eradicate.

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permeate

v. To pervade.

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retrogression

n. A going or moving backward or in a reverse direction.

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overdo

v. To overtax the strength of.

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astute

adj. Keen in discernment.

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insuppressible

adj. Incapable of being concealed.

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hazard

n. Risk.

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pulmonary

adj. Pertaining to the lungs.

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ruminate

v. To chew over again, as food previously swallowed and regurgitated.

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altar

n. Any raised place or structure on which sacrifices may be offered or incense burned.

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protocol

n. A declaration or memorandum of agreement less solemn and formal than a treaty.

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crustaceous

adj. Having a crust-like shell.

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hostility

n. Enmity.

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maidenhood

n. Virginity.

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ecstasy

n. Rapturous excitement or exaltation.

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novice

n. A beginner in any business or occupation.

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monograph

n. A treatise discussing a single subject or branch of a subject.

156

regent

n. One who is lawfully deputized to administer the government for the time being in the name of the ruler.

157

inane

adj. Silly.

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epithet

n. Word used adjectivally to describe some quality or attribute of is objects, as in “Father Aeneas”.

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underhanded

adj. Clandestinely carried on.

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vinery

n. A greenhouse for grapes.

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Pariah

n. A member of a degraded class; a social outcast.

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luminous

adj. Giving or radiating light.

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theologian

n. A professor of divinity.

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repulse

n. The act of beating or driving back, as an attacking or advancing enemy.

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vainglory

n. Excessive, pretentious, and demonstrative vanity.

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gibe

v. To utter taunts or reproaches.

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rankle

v. To produce irritation or festering.

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moonbeam

n. A ray of moonlight.

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oddity

n. An eccentricity.

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preengage

v. To preoccupy.

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granulate

v. To form into grains or small particles.

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alcove

n. A covered recess connected with or at the side of a larger room.

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acrid

adj. Harshly pungent or bitter.

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geology

n. The department of natural science that treats of the constitution and structure of the earth.

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diversion

n. Pastime.

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material

n. That of which anything is composed or may be constructed.

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maze

n. A labyrinth.

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filibuster

n. One who attempts to obstruct legislation.

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antiphony

n. An anthem or other composition sung responsively.

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antipathize

v. To show or feel a feeling of antagonism, aversion, or dislike.

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overstride

v. To step beyond.

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melodrama

n. A drama with a romantic story or plot and sensational situation and incidents.

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bacterium

n. A microbe.

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procrastination

n. Delay.

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mercantile

adj. Conducted or acting on business principles; commercial.

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belittle

v. To disparage.

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countryman

n. A rustic.

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maleficent

adj. Mischievous.

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creed

n. A formal summary of fundamental points of religious belief.

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obstinacy

n. Stubborn adherence to opinion, arising from conceit or the desire to have one’s own way.

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cereal

adj. Pertaining to edible grain or farinaceous seeds.

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ballad

n. Any popular narrative poem, often with epic subject and usually in lyric form.

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laudatory

adj. Pertaining to, expressing, or containing praise.

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hemorrhage

n. Discharge of blood from a ruptured or wounded blood-vessel.

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adjuration

n. A vehement appeal.

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wherever

adv. In or at whatever place.

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regretful

adj. Feeling, expressive of, or full of regret.

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drastic

adj. Acting vigorously.

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obstruction

n. Hindrance.

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variegate

v. To mark with different shades or colors.