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archives

n. collection of old records; place of storage of old documents

cliche

n. overused expression; something unoriginal

disparage

v. to criticize; belittle

flustered

adj. worked-up; not calm

ingrate

n. ungrateful person

mercenary

adj. concerned only with money

peccadillo

n. minor weakness; trivial offense

protege

n. person under protection of, or guided by another

soporific

adj. inducing sleep

veneer

n. surface coating

articulate

adj. clear; lucid; eloquent

clientele

n. customers

disparity

n. an inequality

fly by night

adj. unreliable; disreputable

inimical

adj. hostile

mercurial

adj. volatile; changeable

pedant

n. person who insists on strict adherence to rules or narrow learning

protocol

n. procedure; code of behavior

sparse

adj. spare; bare; meager

venerate

v. to revere; worship

artifice

n. deception; trickery

coalesce

v. to come together; merge

dispassionate

adj. neutral; objective

forensic

adj. concerned with argument or debate

innate

adj. inherited; inborn

merge

v. to come together

pedestrian

adj. common; mundane; banal

provincial

adj. unsophisticated; narrow-minded

specious

adj. false

venial

adj. minor; unimportant

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