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abstruse

difficult to understand; obscure

blunderbuss

1. ancient weapon (type of gun) 2. a clumsy person

cringe

recoil; flinch; shy away

envenom

to cause bitterness and bad feeling

hedonism

self indulgence; pleasure-seeking

laconic

using few words; brief, to the point

oblique

indirect; slanting

plumage

feathers of a bird

resignation

acceptance of fate

tenacious

stubborn; resolute; holding firm to a purpose

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