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condoling

adj. expressing sympathy

rubicund

adj. rosy; reddish

visage

n. the face

fakir

n. Muslim or Hindu holy people, thought by some people to perform miracles

presuptuous

adj. over confident

arabian nights

n. a collection of folktales in Arabic dating from the 10th century

antimacassar

n. small cover for arms or backs of sofas or chairs, either as a decoration or a protection from soiling (originally, against hair oil imported from Macassar)

talisman

n. an object that serves as a charm or is believed to confer magical powers, an amulet, fetish

simian

adj. related to or resembling an ape or monkey

prosaic

adj. dull, commonplace

credulity

n. tendency to believe readily

bibulous

adj. fond of or addicted to alcoholic beverages

furtively

adv. Done or acting in a stealthy way; sneaky

fusillade

n. a rapid outburst or barrage

amiably

adv. good-natured and friendly

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