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incommunicado

without a means of communication

junta

a group of military rulers

peccadillo

a small fault

peon

an unskilled laborer

renegade

a rebel

aficionado

an enthusiastic fan

bravado

boastful bravery

embargo

an order preventing trade

flotilla

a small fleet of boats or ships

hacienda

a large estate or ranch

prattle

to talk foolishly

raconteur

a skilled storyteller

sophistry

cleverly misleading arguments

utterance

something that is said

verbose

too wordy

circumlocution

using indirect language

cogent

logical and convincing

discourse

a formal speech or writing

falter

to hesitate

literate

educated, knowledgeable

legitimate

lawful

mediocre

ordinary in quality

meritorious

worthy of praise

truism

an overused saying

validate

to confirm the truth of something

appraisal

evaluation of worth

base

low or inferior in position or quality

candid

frank, honest

criterion

a standard of judgement

dexterity

cleverness

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