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quarry
(n.) animal hunted or caught for food
, a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate
veer
(v.) to change direction or course suddenly, turn aside, shift, swerve
scathing
(adj.) bitterly severe, withering; causing great harm;
, marked by harshly abusive criticism
edifice
(n) a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place
germinate
(v) cause to grow or sprout; work out
ponderous
(adj) slow and laborious because of weight
orator
(n) a person who delivers a speech or oration
billow
v. move with great difficulty, become inflated
n. a large sea wave
mandatory
adj. required by rule
n. the recipient of a mandate
tycoon
n. a very wealthy or powerful businessman
convey
v. to make known
acrid
adj. harsh or corrosive in tone, strong and sharp
martinet
n. someone who demands exact conformity to rules and forms
recollect
v. recall knowledge from memory
intemperate
adj. given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors
quagmire
n. a swamp; a difficult or inextricable situation
crave
v. plead or ask for earnestly
frivolous
adj. not serious in content or attitude or behavior
protuberance
n. something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from a form
anticipate
v. make a prediction about
cavalier
n. a gallant or courtly gentleman
adj. given to haughty disregard of others
predator
n. any animal that lives by preying on other animals, someone who attacks in search of booty
digress
v. lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking
judicious
adj. marked by the exercise of good judgment or common sense in practical matters
cavity
n. a sizeable hole (usually in the ground)