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cosmos
n. the ordered universe
reliant
adj. relying
derrick
n. scaffolding holding up oil-drilling equipment
quartet
n. group of four performers
orgies
n. wild parties
expanse
n. area of land
ensnare
v. catch in a trap
alkali
adj. metal salt that neutralises acids
humiliate
v. embarrass
cunning
"to be wily, having street smarts"
prohibitionist
n. one who believes in banning things
adjudicate
v. make a judgment about
idiosyncratic
adj. having unusual personal characteristics
centenary
n. hundred-year anniversary
foreshore
n. the part of the shore covered and revealed by the tides
hemorrhoids
n. enlarged vein protruding from the anus
floe
n. huge floating block of ice
vocative
adj. to do with addressing someone
browbeat
v. yell at
gastritis
n. inflammation of the stomach
decapitate
v. remove the head of
non sequitur
n. a statement that does not follow the previous statement
abrasion
n. area where the skin has been scratched or rubbed
epiphany
n. moment of religious revelation
liquefy
v. turn into liquid
aristocrat
n. one of noble birth
component
n. part
absorb
v. soak up
bomb
n. explosive device
amatory
adj. of or about love
ambush
n. trap set for humans
affirmation
n. statement of faith
admissible
adj. capable of being admitted
dolorous
adj. full of sorrow
forfeit
v. give up
compassion
"sympathy, mercy"
geniality
n. good humor
impede
v. hinder
botanical
adj. to do with plants
exaggerate
v. make claims larger than reality
allusion
"n. mention of a person, place or thing"
enlighten
v. educate
clamorous
adj. noisily demanding
arrant
"adj. downright, thorough, unmitigated, notorious"
gamut
"n. range, scale"
dolor
"n. sorrow, misery, anguish, unit to measure pain"
cajolery
n. flattering attempts to persuade
cant
"n. insincere, especially conventional expressions of enthusiasm for high ideals, goodness, or piety.
chary
"adj. cautious, sparing (_ of compliments)"
apostasy
n. renunciation of religious belief
acerbity
n. sharpness of mood
distrain
v. seize property against payment of a debt
alder
n. tree similar to a birch
derogate
v. show contempt for
enervating
adj. energy-sapping
cornucopia
"n. horn overflowing with flowers, symbol of plenty"
disputatious
adj. fond of arguments
contumacious
adj. stubborn and disobedient
folio
n. individual sheet of paper used in books
effulgence
n. radiance
dialectician
n. skilled debater
forfend
v. prevent
ductile
"adj. able to be drawn into wire, easily led or influenced"
abnegation
n. the act of denying oneself some rights. (A time of austerity and ...)
festal
adj. to do with a festival
declamatory
adj. spoken as if in public
eugenic
adj. having good genes or inherited traits
homogeneous
made up of similar parts or elements
heathenish
"adj. like a heathen, one with no organized religion"
abominable
adj. horrifically bad
demented
adj. suffering from a mental disease
affirmative
adj. making a statement of agreement
flimsy
"adj. insubstantial, fragile"
hoary
adj. gray-haired