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pare

v. used w/ object
1) to cut off the outer coating, layer, or part of
2) to remove (an outer coating, layer, or part) by cutting (often fol. by off or away)
3) to reduce or remove by or as by cutting; diminish or decrease gradually (often fol. by down)

scintillate

v. used w/o object
1) to emit sparks
2) to sparkle; flash
3) to twinkle, as the stars

v. used w/ object
4) to emit as sparks; flash forth

laudable

adj.
1) deserving praise; praiseworthy; commendable

malinger

v. used w/o object
1) to feign illness or other incapacity in order to avoid duty or work

soporific

adj.
1) causing or tending to cause sleep
2) pertaining to or characterized by sleep or sleepiness; sleepy; drowsy

n.
3) something that causes sleep, as a medicine or drug

noisome

adj.
1) offensive or disgusting
2) harmful or injurious to health; noxious

strident

adj.
1) making or having a harsh sound; grating; creaking
2) having a shrill, irritating quality or character

elegy

n.
1) a mournful, melancholy, or plaintive poem, esp. a funeral song or a lament for the dead
2) a poem written in an ----- meter
3) a sad or mournful musical composition

filigree

n.
1) delicate, ornamental work of fine silver, gold, or other metal wires, esp. lacy jewelers' work of scrolls and arabesques
2) anything very delicate or fanciful

adj.
3) composed of or resembling -----

v. used w/ object
4) to adorn with or form into -----

concerto

n.
1) a composition for an orchestra and one or more solo instruments, typically in three movements

morose

adj.
1) gloomily or sullenly ill-humored, as a person or mood
2) characterized by or expressing gloom

ignominy

n.
1) disgrace; dishonor; public contempt
2) shameful or dishonorable quality or conduct or an instance of this

guile

n.
1) insidious cunning in attaining a goal; crafty or artful deception; duplicity

prescience

n.
1) knowledge of things before they exist or happen; foreknowledge; foresight

penury

n.
1) extreme poverty; destitution
2) scarcity; dearth; inadequacy; insufficiency

raze

v. used w/ object
1) to teardown; demolish; level to the ground
2) to shave or scrape off

abet

v. used w/ object
1) to encourage, support, or countenance by aid or approval, usually in wrongdoing

gambit

n.
1) In chess. an opening in which a player seeks to obtain some advantage by sacrificing a pawn or piece
2) any maneuver by which one seeks to gain an advantage
3) a remark made to open or redirect a conversation

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