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sally_out

  • verb set out in a sudden, energetic or violent manner
    sally forth.
  • verb jump out from a hiding place and surprise (someone)
    rush out; leap out; burst forth.
    • The attackers leapt out from the bushes

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clamoring

  • noun loud and persistent outcry from many people
    clamor; clamour; hue and cry; clamouring.
    • he ignored the clamor of the crowd
  • verb make loud demands
    clamor; clamour.
    • he clamored for justice and tolerance

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expostulation

  • noun the act of expressing earnest opposition or protest
    objection; remonstration; remonstrance.
  • noun an exclamation of protest or remonstrance or reproof

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causalgia

  • noun a burning pain in a limb along the course of a peripheral nerve; usually associated with skin changes

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hypercholesterolemia

  • noun the presence of an abnormal amount of cholesterol in the cells and plasma of the blood; associated with the risk of atherosclerosis
    hypercholesteremia.

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hairy_tongue

  • noun a benign side effect of some antibiotics; dark overgrowth of the papillae of the tongue
    black tongue; furry tongue.

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foul

  • noun an act that violates the rules of a sport
  • verb hit a foul ball

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sleek

  • verb make slick or smooth
    slick.
  • adjective satellite well-groomed and neatly tailored; especially too well-groomed
    • sleek figures in expensive clothes

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protest

  • noun a formal and solemn declaration of objection
    protestation.
    • they finished the game under protest to the league president
    • the senator rose to register his protest
    • the many protestations did not stay the execution
  • noun the act of protesting; a public (often organized) manifestation of dissent
    objection; dissent.

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salt_flat

  • noun a flat expanse of salt left by the evaporation of a body of salt water
    salt plain.

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elegy

  • noun a mournful poem; a lament for the dead
    lament.

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marching

  • noun the act of marching; walking with regular steps (especially in a procession of some kind)
    march.
    • it was a long march
    • we heard the sound of marching
  • verb march in a procession
    process; march.
    • They processed into the dining room

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uricaciduria

  • noun presence of abnormal amounts of uric acid in the urine; symptom of gout

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new_moon

  • noun the time at which the Moon appears as a narrow waxing crescent
    new phase of the moon.

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physiological

  • adjective of or relating to the biological study of physiology
    • physiological psychology
    • Pavlov's physiological theories
  • adjective satellite of or consistent with an organism's normal functioning
    physiologic.
    • physiologic functions
    • physiological processes

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artificial_language

  • noun a language that is deliberately created for a specific purpose

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stinky

  • adjective having an unpleasant smell
    malodorous; unpleasant-smelling; ill-smelling; malodourous.
  • adjective satellite very bad
    stinking; shitty; crappy; lousy; rotten; icky.
    • a lousy play
    • it's a stinking world

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talk_about

  • verb to consider or examine in speech or writing
    discourse; discuss.
    • The author talks about the different aspects of this question
    • The class discussed Dante's `Inferno'
  • verb discuss or mention
    talk of.
    • They spoke of many things

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scold

  • noun someone (especially a woman) who annoys people by constantly finding fault
    nagger; common scold; nag; scolder.
  • verb censure severely or angrily
    call on the carpet; rag; dress down; remonstrate; chew out; take to task; call down; jaw; lambast; trounce; chide; berate; chew up; have words; rebuke; reprimand; reproof; lecture; bawl out; lambaste.
    • The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car
    • The deputy ragged the Prime Minister
    • The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup

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venom

  • noun toxin secreted by animals; secreted by certain snakes and poisonous insects (e.g., spiders and scorpions)
  • noun feeling a need to see others suffer
    spitefulness; maliciousness; malice; spite.

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show_up

  • verb appear or become visible; make a showing
    turn up; come out; surface; come on.
    • She turned up at the funeral
    • I hope the list key is going to surface again
  • verb be or become visible or noticeable
    show.
    • His good upbringing really shows
    • The dirty side will show

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uprise

  • verb come into existence; take on form or shape
    originate; develop; rise; spring up; arise; grow.
    • A new religious movement originated in that country
    • a love that sprang up from friendship
    • the idea for the book grew out of a short story
    • An interesting phenomenon uprose
  • verb ascend as a sound
    • The choirs singing uprose and filled the church

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alluvial_flat

  • noun a flat resulting from repeated deposits of alluvial material by running water
    alluvial plain.

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portentous

  • adjective satellite of momentous or ominous significance
    prodigious.
    • such a portentous...monster raised all my curiosity"- Herman Melville
    • a prodigious vision
  • adjective satellite ominously prophetic
    foreboding; fateful.

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sorry

  • adjective feeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone
    bad; regretful.
    • felt regretful over his vanished youth
    • regretful over mistakes she had made
    • he felt bad about breaking the vase
  • adjective satellite bad; unfortunate
    distressing; sad; pitiful; lamentable; deplorable.
    • my finances were in a deplorable state
    • a lamentable decision
    • her clothes were in sad shape
    • a sorry state of affairs

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sign_language

  • noun language expressed by visible hand gestures
    signing.

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natural_language

  • noun a human written or spoken language used by a community; opposed to e.g. a computer language
    tongue.

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enfant_terrible

  • noun a person whose unconventional behavior embarrasses others

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bellyache

  • noun an ache localized in the stomach or abdominal region
    stomach ache; stomachache; gastralgia.
  • verb complain
    squawk; grouse; beef; gripe; holler; bitch; crab.
    • What was he hollering about?

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stick_out

  • verb extend out or project in space
    project; protrude; jut out; jut.
    • His sharp nose jutted out
    • A single rock sticks out from the cliff
  • verb be highly noticeable
    jump; jump out; leap out; stand out.

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breathe_in

  • verb draw in (air)
    inhale; inspire.
    • Inhale deeply
    • inhale the fresh mountain air
    • The patient has trouble inspiring
    • The lung cancer patient cannot inspire air very well

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amenia

  • noun absence or suppression of normal menstrual flow
    amenorrhoea; amenorrhea.

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prosaicness

  • noun commonplaceness as a consequence of being humdrum and not exciting
    prosiness.

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cardiomegaly

  • noun an abnormal enlargement of the heart
    megacardia; enlarged heart; megalocardia.
    • mild cardiomegaly is common in athletes

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asthmatic

  • noun a person suffering from asthma
    • she is a chronic asthmatic
    • the painful gasps of a dying asthmatic
  • adjective satellite relating to breathing with a whistling sound
    wheezing; wheezy.

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jack

  • noun a small worthless amount
    diddlyshit; squat; shit; diddly-squat; diddly-shit; diddly; diddley; diddlysquat; doodly-squat.
    • you don't know jack
  • noun a man who serves as a sailor
    Jack-tar; tar; old salt; sea dog; seaman; gob; seafarer; mariner.

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lecture

  • noun a speech that is open to the public
    talk; public lecture.
    • he attended a lecture on telecommunications
  • noun a lengthy rebuke
    speech; talking to.
    • a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline
    • the teacher gave him a talking to

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moss-grown

  • adjective satellite overgrown with moss
    mossy.
  • adjective satellite (used pejoratively) out of fashion; old fashioned
    fogyish; mossy; stodgy; stick-in-the-mud.
    • moss-grown ideas about family life

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screaming

  • noun sharp piercing cry
    screech; screeching; shriek; scream; shrieking.
    • her screaming attracted the neighbors
  • noun a high-pitched noise resembling a human cry
    shriek; screech; screeching; scream; shrieking.
    • he ducked at the screechings of shells
    • he heard the scream of the brakes

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anemic

  • adjective satellite lacking vigor or energy
    anaemic.
    • an anemic attempt to hit the baseball
  • adjective relating to anemia or suffering from anemia
    anaemic.

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anemia

  • noun a deficiency of red blood cells
    anaemia.
  • noun a lack of vitality
    anaemia.

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unexceptional

  • adjective satellite not special in any way
    run-of-the-mine; mine run; run-of-the-mill.
    • run-of-the-mill boxing
    • your run-of-the-mine college graduate
    • a unexceptional an incident as can be found in a lawyer's career

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tiresome

  • adjective satellite so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness
    tedious; slow; ho-hum; boring; wearisome; deadening; dull; irksome.
    • a boring evening with uninteresting people
    • the deadening effect of some routine tasks
    • a dull play
    • his competent but dull performance
    • a ho-hum speaker who couldn't capture their attention
    • what an irksome task the writing of long letters is"- Edmund Burke
    • tedious days on the train
    • the tiresome chirping of a cricket"- Mark Twain
    • other people's dreams are dreadfully wearisome

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clothed

  • adjective wearing or provided with clothing; sometimes used in combination
    clad.
    • clothed and in his right mind"- Bible
    • proud of her well-clothed family
    • nurses clad in white
    • white-clad nurses
  • verb provide with clothes or put clothes on
    enclothe; garment; fit out; garb; raiment; apparel; habilitate; dress; tog; clothe.
    • Parents must feed and dress their child

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frankness

  • noun the quality of being honest and straightforward in attitude and speech
    candor; candidness; forthrightness; candour; directness.
  • noun the trait of being blunt and outspoken
    outspokenness.

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solid

  • noun matter that is solid at room temperature and pressure
  • noun the state in which a substance has no tendency to flow under moderate stress; resists forces (such as compression) that tend to deform it; and retains a definite size and shape
    solidness; solid state.

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personal_appeal

  • noun a personal attractiveness or interestingness that enables you to influence others
    charisma; personal magnetism.

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sleep

  • noun a natural and periodic state of rest during which consciousness of the world is suspended
    slumber.
    • he didn't get enough sleep last night
    • calm as a child in dreamless slumber
  • noun a torpid state resembling deep sleep
    sopor.

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nondescript

  • noun a person is not easily classified and not very interesting
  • adjective satellite lacking distinct or individual characteristics; dull and uninteresting
    characterless.
    • women dressed in nondescript clothes
    • a nondescript novel

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deplorable

  • adjective satellite bad; unfortunate
    distressing; sad; pitiful; lamentable; sorry.
    • my finances were in a deplorable state
    • a lamentable decision
    • her clothes were in sad shape
    • a sorry state of affairs
  • adjective satellite of very poor quality or condition
    miserable; execrable; woeful; wretched.
    • deplorable housing conditions in the inner city
    • woeful treatment of the accused
    • woeful errors of judgment

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clothes

  • noun clothing in general
    apparel; dress; wearing apparel.
    • she was refined in her choice of apparel
    • he always bought his clothes at the same store
    • fastidious about his dress
  • verb provide with clothes or put clothes on
    enclothe; garment; fit out; garb; raiment; apparel; habilitate; dress; tog; clothe.
    • Parents must feed and dress their child

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favour

  • noun a feeling of favorable regard
    favor.
  • noun an inclination to approve
    favor.
    • that style is in favor this season

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chew

  • noun a wad of something chewable as tobacco
    plug; wad; quid; cud; chaw.
  • noun biting and grinding food in your mouth so it becomes soft enough to swallow
    manduction; chewing; mastication.

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glassy

  • adjective satellite resembling glass in smoothness and shininess and slickness
    • the glassy surface of the lake
    • the pavement was...glassy with water"- Willa Cather
  • adjective satellite (used of eyes) lacking liveliness
    glazed.
    • empty eyes
    • a glassy stare
    • his eyes were glazed over with boredom

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force

  • noun a powerful effect or influence
    • the force of his eloquence easily persuaded them
  • noun (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity
    • force equals mass times acceleration

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monotonous

  • adjective satellite tediously repetitious or lacking in variety; all work and no play"
    humdrum.
    • a humdrum existence
    • nothing is so monotonous as the sea
  • adjective satellite sounded or spoken in a tone unvarying in pitch
    flat; monotonic; monotone.
    • the owl's faint monotonous hooting

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enanthem

  • noun eruption on a mucous membrane (as the inside of the mouth) occurring as a symptom of a disease
    enanthema.

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reprehension

  • noun an act or expression of criticism and censure
    reproof; reproval; rebuke; reprimand.
    • he had to take the rebuke with a smile on his face

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materialisation

  • noun the process of coming into being; becoming reality
    materialization.
    • the materialization of her dream
  • noun an appearance in bodily form (as of a disembodied spirit)
    materialization; manifestation.

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semi-processed

  • adjective satellite having been subjected to partial processing

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direct

  • verb command with authority
    • He directed the children to do their homework
  • verb intend (something) to move towards a certain goal
    aim; point; place; target.
    • He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face
    • criticism directed at her superior
    • direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself

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impressionistic

  • adjective of or relating to or based on an impression rather than on facts or reasoning
    • a surprisingly impressionistic review bearing marks of hasty composition
    • she had impressionistic memories of her childhood
  • adjective relating to or characteristic of Impressionism
    impressionist.
    • impressionist music

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referred_pain

  • noun pain that is felt at a place in the body different from the injured or diseased part where the pain would be expected
    • angina pectoris can cause referred pain in the left shoulder
    • pain in the right shoulder can be referred pain from gallbladder disease

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yack

  • noun noisy talk
    chatter; cackle; yak; yakety-yak.
  • verb talk incessantly and tiresomely
    jaw; yap away; yack away; rattle on.

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flood_plain

  • noun a low plain adjacent to a river that is formed chiefly of river sediment and is subject to flooding
    floodplain.

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quill

  • noun pen made from a bird's feather
    quill pen.
  • noun a stiff hollow protective spine on a porcupine or hedgehog

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milled

  • adjective satellite (of grains especially rice) having the husk or outer layers removed
    polished.
    • polished rice
  • verb move about in a confused manner
    mill; mill around; mill about.

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blue

  • noun blue color or pigment; resembling the color of the clear sky in the daytime
    blueness.
    • he had eyes of bright blue
  • noun blue clothing
    • she was wearing blue

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established

  • adjective brought about or set up or accepted; especially long established
    constituted.
    • the established social order
    • distrust the constituted authority
    • a team established as a member of a major league
    • enjoyed his prestige as an established writer
    • an established precedent
    • the established Church
  • verb set up or found
    found; establish; set up; launch.
    • She set up a literacy program

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grotesquery

  • noun ludicrous or incongruous unnaturalness or distortion
    grotesquerie; grotesqueness.

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good_guy

  • noun any person who is on your side

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blub

  • verb cry or whine with snuffling
    blubber; snuffle; snivel; sniffle.
    • Stop snivelling--you got yourself into this mess!

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thunder

  • noun a deep prolonged loud noise
    roar; roaring; boom.
  • noun a booming or crashing noise caused by air expanding along the path of a bolt of lightning

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pawer

  • noun a person who handles or caresses in a clumsy or overfamiliar manner

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unskilled

  • adjective not having or showing or requiring special skill or proficiency
    • unskilled in the art of rhetoric
    • an enthusiastic but unskillful mountain climber
    • unskilled labor
    • workers in unskilled occupations are finding fewer and fewer job opportunities
    • unskilled workmanship
  • adjective satellite lacking professional skill or expertise
    amateurish; amateur; inexpert.
    • a very amateurish job
    • inexpert but conscientious efforts
    • an unskilled painting

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tinker

  • noun a person who enjoys fixing and experimenting with machines and their parts
    tinkerer.
  • noun formerly a person (traditionally a Gypsy) who traveled from place to place mending pots and kettles and other metal utensils as a way to earn a living

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crabby_person

  • noun a quarrelsome grouch
    crab.

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new

  • adjective not of long duration; having just (or relatively recently) come into being or been made or acquired or discovered
    • a new law
    • new cars
    • a new comet
    • a new friend
    • a new year
    • the New World
  • adjective satellite original and of a kind not seen before
    fresh; novel.
    • the computer produced a completely novel proof of a well-known theorem

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jaundice

  • noun yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes caused by an accumulation of bile pigment (bilirubin) in the blood; can be a symptom of gallstones or liver infection or anemia
    icterus.
  • noun a rough and bitter manner
    acrimony; tartness; bitterness; acerbity; thorniness.

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maverick

  • noun someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action
    rebel.
  • noun an unbranded range animal (especially a stray calf); belongs to the first person who puts a brand on it

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respiratory_rate

  • noun the rate at which a person inhales and exhales; usually measured to obtain a quick evaluation of a person's health
    rate of respiration.

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undraped

  • adjective satellite stripped of drapery
    • the undraped statue
  • verb strip something of drapery
    undrape.

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woozy

  • adjective satellite having or causing a whirling sensation; liable to falling
    giddy; vertiginous; dizzy.
    • had a dizzy spell
    • a dizzy pinnacle
    • had a headache and felt giddy
    • a giddy precipice
    • feeling woozy from the blow on his head
    • a vertiginous climb up the face of the cliff

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meningism

  • noun symptoms that mimic those of meningitis but without inflammation of the meninges

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delicti

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linguistic_communication

  • noun a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols
    language.
    • he taught foreign languages
    • the language introduced is standard throughout the text
    • the speed with which a program can be executed depends on the language in which it is written

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refinement

  • noun a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality
    culture; polish; cultivation; finish.
    • they performed with great polish
    • I admired the exquisite refinement of his prose
    • almost an inspiration which gives to all work that finish which is almost art"--Joseph Conrad
  • noun the result of improving something
    elaboration.
    • he described a refinement of this technique

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deposition

  • noun the natural process of laying down a deposit of something
    deposit.
  • noun (law) a pretrial interrogation of a witness; usually conducted in a lawyer's office

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pursuit

  • noun the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture
    following; pursual; chase.
    • the culprit started to run and the cop took off in pursuit
  • noun a search for an alternative that meets cognitive criteria
    quest; pursuance.
    • the pursuit of love
    • life is more than the pursuance of fame
    • a quest for wealth

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see-through

  • adjective satellite so thin as to transmit light
    gauze-like; sheer; vaporous; gossamer; cobwebby; vapourous; filmy; diaphanous; transparent; gauzy.
    • a hat with a diaphanous veil
    • filmy wings of a moth
    • gauzy clouds of dandelion down
    • gossamer cobwebs
    • sheer silk stockings
    • transparent chiffon
    • vaporous silks

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shortness

  • noun the property of being of short spatial extent
    • the shortness of the Channel crossing
  • noun the condition of being short of something
    • there was no shortness of money
    • can cause shortness of breath

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shriek

  • noun sharp piercing cry
    screaming; screech; screeching; scream; shrieking.
    • her screaming attracted the neighbors
  • noun a high-pitched noise resembling a human cry
    screech; screeching; screaming; scream; shrieking.
    • he ducked at the screechings of shells
    • he heard the scream of the brakes

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the_shits

  • noun obscene terms for diarrhea
    the trots.

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dry

  • noun a reformer who opposes the use of intoxicating beverages
    prohibitionist.
  • verb remove the moisture from and make dry
    dry out.
    • dry clothes
    • dry hair

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skin_colour

  • noun the coloring of a person's face
    complexion; skin color.

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vellication

  • noun a sudden muscle spasm; especially one caused by a nervous condition
    twitching; twitch.

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distinctness

  • noun the quality of being sharp and clear
    sharpness.
  • noun the state of being several and distinct
    discreteness; severalty; separateness.

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natural

  • noun someone regarded as certain to succeed
    • he's a natural for the job
  • noun a notation cancelling a previous sharp or flat
    cancel.

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taken_for_granted

  • adjective satellite evident without proof or argument
    self-evident; axiomatic.
    • an axiomatic truth
    • we hold these truths to be self-evident

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elaborate

  • verb add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing
    expound; lucubrate; dilate; expatiate; enlarge; exposit; flesh out; expand.
    • She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation
  • verb produce from basic elements or sources; change into a more developed product
    • The bee elaborates honey

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plain-spoken

Speaking with plain, unreserved sincerity; also, spoken sincerely; as, plain-spoken words. Dryden.

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credit

  • noun approval
    recognition.
    • give her recognition for trying
    • he was given credit for his work
    • give her credit for trying
  • noun money available for a client to borrow

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cogent

  • adjective satellite powerfully persuasive
    telling; weighty.
    • a cogent argument
    • a telling presentation
    • a weighty argument

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verbalise

  • verb be verbose
    verbalize.
    • This lawyer verbalizes and is rather tedious
  • verb express in speech
    verbalize; mouth; utter; talk; speak.
    • She talks a lot of nonsense
    • This depressed patient does not verbalize

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personify

  • verb invest with or as with a body; give body to
    body.
  • verb represent, as of a character on stage
    embody; be.
    • Derek Jacobi was Hamlet

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maunder

  • verb wander aimlessly
  • verb talk indistinctly; usually in a low voice
    mussitate; mumble; mutter.

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hydrophobia

  • noun a symptom of rabies in humans consisting of an aversion to swallowing liquids
  • noun a morbid fear of water

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rebel

  • noun a person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the constituted authority (especially in the hope of improving conditions)
    insurgent; freedom fighter; insurrectionist.
  • noun `Johnny' was applied as a nickname for Confederate soldiers by the Federal soldiers in the American Civil War; `greyback' derived from their grey Confederate uniforms
    Reb; Johnny Reb; greyback; Johnny.

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drabness

  • noun having a drab or dowdy quality; lacking stylishness or elegance
    dowdiness; homeliness.

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exquisiteness

  • noun extreme beauty of a delicate sort

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divide

  • noun a serious disagreement between two groups of people (typically producing tension or hostility)
  • noun a ridge of land that separates two adjacent river systems
    water parting; watershed.

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ground

  • noun the solid part of the earth's surface
    dry land; land; terra firma; earth; solid ground.
    • the plane turned away from the sea and moved back over land
    • the earth shook for several minutes
    • he dropped the logs on the ground
  • noun a rational motive for a belief or action
    reason.
    • the reason that war was declared
    • the grounds for their declaration

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scoffer

  • noun someone who eats food rapidly and greedily
    gorger.
  • noun someone who jeers or mocks or treats something with contempt or calls out in derision
    jeerer; flouter; mocker.

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nauseate

  • verb upset and make nauseated
    sicken; turn one's stomach.
    • The smell of the food turned the pregnant woman's stomach
    • The mold on the food sickened the diners
  • verb cause aversion in; offend the moral sense of
    sicken; revolt; churn up; disgust.
    • The pornographic pictures sickened us

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visible

  • adjective capable of being seen; or open to easy view
    seeable.
    • a visible object
    • visible stars
    • mountains visible in the distance
    • a visible change of expression
    • visible files
  • adjective satellite obvious to the eye
    • a visible change of expression

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stern

  • noun the rear part of a ship
    poop; quarter; after part; tail.
  • noun United States concert violinist (born in Russia in 1920)
    Isaac Stern.

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large_person

  • noun a person of greater than average size

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grumbler

  • noun a person given to excessive complaints and crying and whining
    squawker; moaner; sniveller; crybaby; complainer; whiner; bellyacher.

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faultfinder

  • noun someone who is critical of the motives of others
    cynic.

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make_a_stink

  • verb take strong and forceful action, as to object or express discontent
    raise hell; raise a stink.
    • She raised hell when she found out that she wold not be hired again

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make_pure

  • verb remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distillation
    purify; sublimate; distill.
    • purify the water

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ass

  • noun the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on
    bum; seat; stern; keister; tail end; prat; bottom; rear end; buns; tail; tush; rump; fanny; behind; tooshie; hind end; posterior; hindquarters; butt; nates; rear; arse; buttocks; backside; derriere; can; fundament.
    • he deserves a good kick in the butt
    • are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?
  • noun a pompous fool

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to

The preposition to primarily indicates approach and arrival, motion made in the direction of a place or thing and attaining it, access; and also, motion or tendency without arrival; movement toward; -- opposed to from. "To Canterbury they wend." Chaucer.
Stay with us, go not to Wittenberg. Shak.
So to the sylvan lodge They came, that like Pomona's arbor smiled. Milton.
I'll to him again, . . . He'll tell me all his purpose. She stretched her arms to heaven. Dryden.

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sweater

  • noun a crocheted or knitted garment covering the upper part of the body
    jumper.
  • noun a person who perspires
    perspirer.

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gloss

  • noun an explanation or definition of an obscure word in a text
    rubric.
  • noun an alphabetical list of technical terms in some specialized field of knowledge; usually published as an appendix to a text on that field
    glossary.

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negative

  • noun a reply of denial
    • he answered in the negative
  • noun a piece of photographic film showing an image with light and shade or colors reversed

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insult

  • noun a rude expression intended to offend or hurt
    revilement; abuse; vilification; contumely.
    • when a student made a stupid mistake he spared them no abuse
    • they yelled insults at the visiting team
  • noun a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect
    affront.
    • turning his back on me was a deliberate insult

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industrial-strength

  • adjective satellite extremely strong or concentrated or durable
    weapons-grade.
    • industrial-strength detergent
    • weapons-grade salsa

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call

  • noun a telephone connection
    telephone call; phone call.
    • she reported several anonymous calls
    • he placed a phone call to London
    • he heard the phone ringing but didn't want to take the call
  • noun a special disposition (as if from a divine source) to pursue a particular course
    • he was disappointed that he had not heard the Call

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