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one of a series of grades in an organization or field of activity; an organized military unit; a step like formation or arrangement
a prayer consisting of short appeals to God recited by the leader alternating with responses from the congregation; any repetitive chant; a long list
to withdraw a statement or belief to which one has previously been committed, renounce, retract
to cast off, discard; to get rid of something objectionable or unnecessary; to plod through as if through mud; (n) a mire; a state of depression
one who believes that nothing can be know about God; a skeptic; (adj) without faith, skeptical
someone or something that is abandoned or neglected; (adj) left abandoned; neglectful of duty
the state of quality of being just, fair, or impartial; fiar and equal treatment; something that is fair; the money value of a property above and beyond any mortgage or other claim
open to discussion and debate, unresolved; (v) to bring up for discussion; (n.) a hypothetical law case argued by students
a grotesque or grossly inferior imitation; a disquise, especially the clothing of the opposite sex; (v) to ridicule by imitation in a broad or burlesque fashion
earthly, worldly, relating to practical and material affairs; concerned with what is ordinary
a subtle or slight vvariation (as in color, meaning, quality), delicate gradation or shade of difference
the wasting away of a body organ or tissue; any progressive decline or failure; (v.) to waste away
complete or perfect in the highest degree; (v.) to bring to a state of completion or perfection
a prickly or stinging plant; (v.) to arouse displeasure, impatience, or anger; to vex or irritate severely
to pronounce distinctly; to express well in words; to connect by a joint or joints; (adj) expressed clearly and forcefully; able to employ language clearly and forcefully; jointed
developed or created at the very beginning; going back to the most ancient times or earliest stage; fundamental, basic
language that is too wordy or inflated in proportion to the sense or content, wordiness; a manner of expressoin
straying or wandering form a straight or direct course; done or acting in a shifty or underhanded way
in chess, an opening move that involves risk or sacrifice fo a minor piece in order to gain a later advantage; any opening move of this type
a legendary bird identified with the king fisher; (adj) of or relating ot the halcyon; clam, peaceful; happy, golden; prosperous, affluent
deliberatelky setting or causing fires; designed to start fires; tending to stir up strife or rebellion; (n) one who deliberately sets fires, arsonist; one who cause strife
a whirlpool of great size and violence; a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence and destruction
nearsighted; lacking a broad, realistic view of a situation; lacking foresight or discernment
tending to make worse; expressing disapproval or disparagement, derogatory, deprecatory, belittling
the state of being proper, appropriateness; (pl) standards of what is proper or socially acceptable
asking humply and earnestly (n) one who makes a request humbly and earnestly, a petitioner, suitor
an object that serves as a charm or is believed to confer magical powers, an amulet, fetish
able to get and retain ideas or information; concerned with acquiring wealth or property
a survey made for military purposes; any kind of preliminary inspection or examination
to stall or act evasively in order to gain time, avoid a confrontations, or postpone a decision; to compromise
(n.) a circle of aquaitances; a close-knit, often exclusive, group of people with a common interest
(adj.) very persistent; holding firmly to a course of action or a set of beliefs; hard to get rid of, refusing to be put off or denied
(adj.) of little value or importance, paltry, measly; concerned with trifling matters, small-minded
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