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a reason given in justification of a course of action that is not the real reason
He was late to school and gave the pretext of oversleeping when really, he was video gaming.
of a happy lighthearted character or disposition
She was always invited to parties because everyone loved her blithe personality.
short trousers fastened just below the knee, now chiefly worn for riding a horse or as part of ceremonial dress
While riding her horse, her breeches ripped.
a garment similar to leggings, worn to cover or protect the ankle and lower leg
They wore gaiters to walk through the snow.
obtain (something), especially with care or effort
After many years of hard work, Jen finally had enough money to procure a car.
restore (someone or something) to their former position or condition
The family decided to reinstate the rule of no phones during dinner.
(of a person) unable to keep still or silent and becoming increasingly difficult to control, especially because of impatience, dissatisfaction, or boredom
The kids weren't able to restive themselves after hearing that they will be going to Disneyland.
fluent or persuasive speaking or writing
The teacher loved how eloquent he was during the presentation, therefore giving him an A+.
involving ignoble actions and motives; arousing moral distaste and contempt
The workers knew how sordid Jimmy is so they often avoided him.
an implement consisting of a heavy frame set with teeth or tines that is dragged over plowed land to break up clods, remove weeds, and cover seed
James was in charge of working the harrows.
an official order issued by a legal authority
The decree was finally passed that gay marriage was legal.
a group of advisers, assistants, or others accompanying an important person
The boss lost a member of his retinue when he was traveling once.
overcome (a difficulty or obstacle)
She wanted to surmount her fear of bugs but didn't know how to.
a civil officer or lay judge who administers the law, especially one who conducts a court that deals with minor offenses and holds preliminary hearings for more serious ones
The magistrate was upset when the family was late to court.
a dishonest or unscrupulous person; a rogue
It took her some time before realizing he was a scoundrel, dumping him immediately.
a male goose
The gander waddled into the water.
sharing in the knowledge of (something secret or private)
The four girls were privy of what had happened that started the fight.
until now or until the point in time under discussion
Hitherto, the boy had always been quiet in class.
relating to, denoting, or preserving the character of an early stage in the evolutionary or historical development of something
Back in primitive times, all work was done by hand.
betrayal of trust; deceptive action or nature
The teacher only felt treachery toward the student after catching him cheating on the test.
at the agreed or proper time; promptly
They met up punctually at the library to work on their school project.
abandon (someone or something)
After hearing many stories of the haunted house, the group decided to forsake their plans of spending a night in there.
run or jump about playfully
The puppy gambolled into the field of flowers.
a person who receives a pension
Sal reached his retirement age but was so used to working that he kept on working rather than be a pensioner.
having a blissful appearance
Her mother smiled beatifically at her daughter when she was called up to receive her award.
a soldier or guard whose job is to stand and keep watch
The queen had two sentinels outside her bedroom door, one on each side.
intended or likely to placate or pacify
After hearing her mother's conciliatory words, it made her even angrier.
set out from a place to do something
The crew sallied out into the sea, hoping to find treasure somewhere.
a Chinese person
"Chinks love it when you ask them if they speak the 'Ching Chong' language." Said no one ever.
having or showing a feeling of vague or regretful longing
She was always wistful around him because she knew that she can't have him.
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