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abut

to be next to; to border on

adjure

(1) to command solemnly
(2) to advise sincerely

descry

to catch sight of a distant object after looking carefully; to detect or discover

desecrate

to misuse or violate something sacred

dilettante

a person with only a superficial interest and slight knowledge of an art or other field of knowledge

equivocal

(1) having more than one meaning or interpretation, usually intended to confuse
(2) uncertain or undecided

exhume

(1) to dig out of the ground
(2) to recover from neglect; to revive

extirpate

to destroy completely; to wipe out

foible

a small fault or weakness in a person's character

insolvent

without the means to pay what is owed; bankrupt

jocose

given to joking; humorous and playful

portal

a door or entrance, especially one that is large and imposing

progenitor

a direct ancestor

propitiate

to overcome distrust or hostility; to appease

restitution

a paying back for what has been lost or damaged

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