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devious
1. cunning, sneaky, 2. (of a route or journey) longer, less direct
astringent
adj. 1. (medicine) contracting, constrictive; 2. harsh, severe, penetrating (e.g. remark)
aversion
n. dislike, feeling of antipathy towards
corpulence
fatness; obesity
corrosive
adj. 1. causing decay of metal 2. gradually destructive 3.spitefully sarcastic
imperative
adj. 1. impossible to evade, pressing 2. expressing the grammatical mood 3. expressing a command, peremptory
eminent
of high rank or reputation, famous, distinguished
cessation
ending, halt
furlough
1. leave (especially from military service) 2. temporary laying-off staff
deride
v. speak of or treat with contempt, mockery, to ridicule; gibe
aver
v. 1. to affirm positively, with confidence 2. (law) assert as a fact, justify
congruity
n. state of belonging or making sense together, being similar in character or kind, harmonious
coronation
n. crowning of a monarch
condolence
n. comforting words following a death
contemptuous
1. showing or feeling someone or something deserves no respect, is inferior, worthless 2. scornful
epitome
1. perfect example, characteristical, embodiment 2. (written work) a brief summary, abstract
blemish
1. n. flaw, imperfection, defect 2. v. spoil something
audacious
adj. 1. brave, spirited 2. recklessly daring, unrestrained
grotto
n. small cave or an artificial structure/excavation made to resemble one
consumption
1. the amount used or eaten 2. the act of using, eating, or drinking something
expiate
make amends for a bad deed; atone
congeal
turn from a liquid into a solid in a freezing(-like) manner
illicit
against the law or moral
immerse
v. 1. lower into water, submerge (or baptise this way) 2. get fully involved, absorbed
digress
v. turn aside from the subject of a conversation or speech
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