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bildungsroman

coming of age

desultory

random and aimless

billet-doux

a love letter

prosaic

ordinary

specious

false and deceptive

quid nunc

gossip

limpid

clear

probity

integrity

eschew

to avoid

boorish

rude

donnybrook

a fight

enervate

to weaken

Perfunctory

Routinely done without care

Cache

a hiding place

Callow

immature or inexperienced

Ethos

the spirit of a group

Lachrymose

showing sorrow

Malinger

To fake illness to avoid responsibility

Pliant

flexible and easily influenced

Exegesis

an explanation of a text

Drub

To defeat soundly

catholic

free from prejudices

Adulate

to praise or flatter

Adulterate

to corrupt

Affinity

a natural attraction

Amorphous

shapeless

Avuncular

like an uncle

burgeon

to grow rapidly

censure

to criticize harshly

censor

to remove objectionable parts

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