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misconstrue

v. interpret incorrectly; misjudge

misgiving

n. doubts

mnemonic

adj. pertaining to memory

mock

v. ridicule; imitate, often in derision

momentous

adj. very important

monetary

adj. pertaining to the coinage or currency of a country

monotony

n. sameness leading to boredom

motley

adj. multi-colored; mixed

multifarious

adj. varied; greatly diversified

myriad

n. very large number

mystify

v. bewilder purposely

nepotism

n. favoritism

nihilist

n. one who believes traditional beliefs to be groundless and existence meaningless; absolute skeptic; revolutionary terrorist

nomadic

adj. wandering

nonplus

v. bring to halt by confusion; perplex

nostalgia

n. homesickness; longing for the past

nuptial

adj. related to marriage

oblique

adj. indirect; slanting

oblivious

adj. inattentive or unmindful; wholly absorbed

obscure

adj. dark; vague; unclear

obsequious

adj. slavishly attentive; servile; sycophantic

olfactory

adj. concerning the sense of smell

omniscient

adj. all-knowing

onset

n. beginning; attack

ordain

v. decree or command; grant holy orders; predestine

orthodox

adj. traditional; conservative in belief

oscillate

v. vibrate pendulum-like; waver

ostensible

adj. apparent; professed; pretended

outlandish

adj. bizarre; peculiar; unconventional

outspoken

adj. candid; blunt

overt

adj. open to view

pacify

v. soothe; make calm or quite; subdue

palette

n. board on which painter mixes pigments

pandemonium

n. wild tumult

pantomime

n. acting without dialogue

paradox

n. something apparently contradictory in nature; statement that looks false but is actually correct

paragon

n. model of perfection

parallelism

n. state of being parallel; similarity

parochial

adj. narrow in outlook; provincial; related to parishes

pastoral

adj. rural

patent

adj. open for the public to read; obvious

pecuniary

adj. pertaining to money

pedagogy

n. teaching; art of education

pedantic

adj. showing off learning; bookish

pejorative

adj. negative in connotation; having a belittling effect

penitent

adj. repentant

pensive

adj. dreamily thoughtful; thoughtful with a hint of sadness; contemplative

persona

n. public personality or facade

pertinent

adj. to the point; relevant

peruse

v. read with care

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