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abstruse

hard to understand

accent

emphasis

acreage

area of land

adroit

skillful; clever

aerobatics

airplane stunts

amendment

an addition or change to a document

amiable

pleasant; friendly

amiss

wrong; mistakenly

anachronism

something located at a time when it could not have existed or occurred

animosity

hatred; hostility

antipathy

intense dislike

ascribe

to assign or refer to (as a cause or source), attribute

assimilate

to absorb and digest; to fit in

biogeochemical

relating to the division and cycling of chemical elements and compounds between the living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem

biosphere

where life exists

bylaw

local or private law

callous

uncaring; hard

calve

to give birth to a calf; to detach

cameo

a small stone with a carved portrait; a brief appearance

Cantonese

people from Canton, China; the Chinese language spoken in Guangzhou

capital

most significant; money/property; punishable by death

capitalism

an economic system based on private property and competitive business

castigate

to punish or criticize harshly

cavort

to run around playfully

cede

to give up; to hand over

championed

to support; to defend

chiefly

mainly

cinch

1. to tighten 2. to make certain

cogent

persuasive; logically convincing

commence

to start

cohesive

holding together; reasonable

companionable

friendly

concerted

cooperative; combined

congested

full; crowded

coprolite

fossilized dung

correspondence

communication; similarity

cosmopolitan

sophisticated; worldly

cosset

to pamper; spoil

credulous

gullible; believing everything

crescent

curved slice of a circle

cryptic

hidden; secret; hard to understand

decked out

dressed in nice or decorative clothing

defective

flawed; broken

defer

to give in to another's wish or opinion

deft

quick and skillful in movement

demure

modest, shy

demurral

an objection or protest

dilettante

one who does an activity just for fun; amateur

disenchant

to release from false belief

dissemble

to create a false appearance

dollop

a small amount; a blob

dreary

gloomy; cheerless

dutiful

obedient; responsible

ebb

the movement of the tide toward the sea; to weaken or fall back

effigy

a statue or image of a person (that you burn)

elongate

to make longer

emission

the release or giving off of something

emporium

a large store

envelop

to enclose

essence

basic nature; central characteristic

forbearance

patience; tolerance

guile

dishonesty; deception

haphazard

careless

hedonism

pursuit of physical pleasures

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