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ObtainPREVAIL, be in force. for e.g. rules obtaining in other jurisdictionsPalterto act insincerely or deceitfullyDiscommodeto cause inconvenience to : TROUBLEEntrenchestablish so firmly that change is difficult :Mulishunreasonably and inflexibly obstinate like a muleInveighto protest or complain bitterly or vehemently : RAILImbuefill with a feeling or qualityXerophagyfast which includes the eating of dry foods onlyBalkyrefusing or likely to refuse to proceed, act, or function as directed or expectedblandishmentsomething that tends to coax or cajole : ALLUREMENTSurlygruff; bad : tempered and unfriendlyEnnuifeeling of listlessness, boredom, and dissatifactionReam500 sheets of paperLadlea long handled spoon with a deep bowl for serving soup, stew etcSpeculativerisky; based on guesswork rather than knowledgeEnsnarekeep someone in a situation from which they canot escapeEnsueto follow as a consequence or resultKnolla small rounded hill or mound; a hillockIncontrovertibleimpossible to dispute; unquestionableMoxiecourage or nerve . the ability to face difficulty with spirit and courage; aggressive energyTintinnabulationthe ringing or sounding of bellsSkeina length of thread or yarn wound in a loose long coil; a flock of geese or similar birds in flightMannahardened sugary exudation of various trees; food that God gave the Israelites during the exodusStentorianextremely loudVicissitudea change or variation. The quality of being changeable; mutabilityPurismstrict observance of or insistence on traditional correctness, especially of languageJaperyacting like a clown or buffoon; a trick or practical jokeDolorousmarked by or exhibiting sorrow, grief, or painTortdamage, injury, or a wrongful act done willfully, negligently, or in circumstances involving strict liability, but not involving breach.Pettifoggera petty, quibbling, unscrupulous lawyer. One who quibbles over triviaSlatternlyslovenly; untidyMuckraketo search for and expose misconduct in public life.Mordantbitingly sarcasticFrancophilea person who admires France, its people, or its cultureFoursquarecharacterized by firm and unwavering conviction; a plane rectangle with four equal sides and four right angles; a four : sided regular polygonEnfeoffto invest with a feudal estate or feeIneluctableimpossible to avoid or evadeMalfeasancemisconduct or wrongdoing, especially by a public officialMalcontenta chronically dissatisfied person; one who rebels against the established system; discontented as toward authorityHullthe dry outer covering of a fruit, seed, or nut; body of a shipCronA time unit equal to 1000000 years; used in reference to evolutionary processesVotaryOne zealously devoted to a religionCroonTo sing softly or in a humming wayQuislingA traitor who serves as the puppet of the enemy occupying his or her countryTermagantA person, traditionally a woman, who persistently nags or criticizesCoterieA small, often select group of persons who associate with one another frequentlyHumdrumLacking variety or excitement; dull; boring , dull; monotonous talk or routine.HappenstanceAn unexpected random eventCorda unit of wood cut for fuel equal to a stack 4 x 4 x 8 feet or 128 cubic feet . To pile (wood) in cords; a line made of twisted fibers or threadsDiazepamA tranquilizer (trade name Valium) used to relieve anxiety and relax muscles;SagittaA constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Aquila and VulpeculaMarrowThe most central and material part; the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experienceForageFood for domestic animals; fodder. The act of looking or searching for food or provisionsQuartA unit of volume or capacity in the US Customary System, used in liquid measure, equal to / 4 gallon or 32 ouncesShuckA husk, pod, or shell, as of a pea, hickory nut, or ear of corn. The shell of an oyster or clamEvacuantOf, relating to, or tending to eliminate; tending to cleanse or purge, especially causing evacuation of the bowelsFriskyPlayfulQuatrainA stanza or poem of four linesVulgarisBeing of the usual type; commonFrillSomething costly and unnecessarySwathA path or strip; the space created by the swing of a scythe or the cut of a mowing machineSagittalOf or relating to the suture uniting the two parietal bones of the skull;PelfWealth or riches, especially when dishonestly acquiredStultifycause to feel bored or enervated. 2)cause to appear foolish or absurdFaradicOf, relating to, or using an intermittent asymmetrical alternating electric current produced by an induction coilGrovelTo support slavishly every opinion or suggestion of a superior; to behave in a servile or demeaning mannerShoalA shallow part of a body of water : shallow; measuring little from bottom to top or surface, a large number of fish swimming together.GlutTo fill beyond capacity, especially with food; satiatePallidHaving an abnormally pale or wan complexion; lacking intensity of color or luminousnessBattenGrow fat,thrive upon othersConchLarge seashellIngenueAn artless girl;an actress who plays such partsOrisonPrayerRambunctiousBoisterous and disorderlyCarpophagousFeeding on fruit; fruit : eatingFustianA coarse sturdy cloth made of cotton and flax; pretentious speech or writing; pompous language; pompous, bombastic, and rantingCompunctionA strong uneasiness caused by a sense of guilt; a feeling of regret for one's sins or misdeeds; a feeling of uncertainty about the fitness or correctness of an action; regret, sorrowAfferentCarrying inward to a central organ or section, as nerves that conduct impulses from the periphery of the body to the brain or spinal cord; transmitting impulses from sense organs to nerve centersStultifyTo allege or prove insane and so not legally responsible; cause to appear foolish; deprive of strength or efficiency; make useless or worthless; crippleInstateto set or establish in a rank or office:INSTALLShrivelTo become or make much less or smaller; dwindle; to become or make shrunken and wrinkled, often by drying; to lose or cause to lose vitality or intensity; dehydrate, dry upCaginessHaving or showing a clever awareness and resourcefulness in practical matters; secretive; wary; careful; shrewdCadgeTo beg or get by begging, BEGGAR, bummer, moocher, panhandlerBibulousGiven to or marked by the consumption of alcoholic drink; very absorbent, as paper or soil; inclined to drink; of or relating to drink or drinkingFustianPretentious, pompous speech or writing; a coarse sturdy cloth made of cotton and flax; pompous or pretentious talking or writingFallowLand left unseeded during a growing season; inactive; plowed but left unseeded during a growing season : fallow farmlandImmureTo confine within or as if within walls; imprison; lock up or confine, in or as in a jailArmageddonThe scene of a final battle between the forces of good and evil, prophesied to occur at the end of the world; a decisive or catastrophic conflictPasticheA mixture of materials, forms, motifs, and/or styles; often incongruous; dramatic, literary, or musical piece openly imitating the previous works of other artists, often with satirical intent; an artistic effort that imitates or caricatures the work of another artistReagentA substance used in a chemical reaction to detect, measure, examine, or produce other substancesCowTo frighten with threats or a show of force; browbeat, intimidate;LopTo decrease, as in length or amount, by or as if by severing or excising; to hang limply, loosely, and carelessly; cut off from a wholeJejuneNot interesting; dull; lacking maturity; childish; lacking in nutritionCruetA small glass bottle for holding a condiment, such as vinegar or oil; a small vessel for holy water or for water or wine used in the consecration of the EucharistPrecludeTo make impossible, as by action taken in advance; prevent; to exclude or prevent (someone) from a given condition or activityBunionA bunion is an abnormal enlargement of the joint; a painful, inflamed swelling of the bursa at the first joint of the big toe, characterized by enlargement of the joint and lateral displacement of the toeHospice1) a home providing care for the sick or terminally ill. 2) a lodging for travellers, especially one run by a religious orderJerryA German, especially a German soldier; offensive terms for a person of German descentGleanTo gather grain left behind by reapers; to collect (something) bit by bit; gather facts in small quantitiesGruffnessA throaty harshness; an abrupt discourteous mannerMortarA vessel in which substances are crushed or ground with a pestle; a machine in which materials are ground and blended or crushed; an ancient field weapon that fires a projectile in a high arch to reach an impact point; plastic material to bond stones and bricks togetherLeviathanOne that is extraordinarily large and powerful; any large animal, as a whale; a monstrous sea creature mentioned in the Bible; something unusually large of its kind, especially a shipRepletionThe condition of being fully supplied or completely filled; a state of excessive fullnessOrcA mythical monster of varying descriptions; any of several cetaceans especialy the grampus of the dolphin familyMaroonTo put ashore on a deserted island or coast and intentionally abandon; to abandon or isolate with little hope of ready rescue or escape; a fugitive Black slave in the West Indies in the 17th and 18th centuries; a dark reddish brown to dark purplish redFiestaA festival or religious holiday, especially a saint's day celebrated in Spanish : speaking countriesGailyIn a joyful, cheerful, or happy manner; merrily; with bright colors or trimmings; showilyFealtyThe fidelity owed by a vassal to his feudal lord. The oath of such fidelityEnsconceTo settle (oneself) securely or comfortably; to place or conceal in a secure place; hide; tuck away; fix firmlyVotaryA person bound by vows to live a life of religious worship or service; a faithful follower; an enthusiastDemurralThe act of demurring, especially a mild, polite, or considered expression of opposition; a formal objection to an opponent's pleadingsVouchsafeTo condescend to grant or bestow (a privilege, for example); deign; to let have as a favor, prerogative, or privilege; to descend to a level considered inappropriate to one's dignity; ose; grantParolesconditionally released from jail; pledge or promise made by a prisoner that he will obey the terms of his releaseSeraphA celestial being having three pairs of wings; the first of the nine orders of angels in medieval angelologyFabrica structure or frameworkBolt1) a roll of fabric, originally as a measure 2) run away suddenly3 ) BAR, LOCK, catch, latch, fastenerSuppliantAsking humbly and earnestly; beseeching; one praying humbly for somethingJarringDisagreeable to the sense of hearing; making or causing a harsh and irritating sound; characterized by rough motionTiradeA long angry or violent speech, usually of a censorious or denunciatory nature; a diatribeGleanTo gather grain left behind by reapers; to collect (something) bit by bitAbandonTo give up completely; to desert; careless disregard for consequences; leave behind, relinquish; leave in troubled state; careless, often reckless disregard for consequencesRancourA feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill : willDesecrateTo violate the sacredness of; profane; spoil or mar the sanctity of; abuse, violateQuartetA group of four musicians or singers; also, a piece of music for four instruments or voices; composition for four voices or four instruments or four parts; four performers or singers who perform togetherRicketyNot physically steady or firm; unsound, broken : down; shaky; likely to fall apartTriadA group of three; a chord of three tones, especially one built on a given root tone plus a major or minor third and a perfect fifth; set of three similar things considered as a unitPreposterousContrary to nature, reason, or common sense; absurd; ridiculous, bizarre; completely devoid of wisdom or good sense; senseless as to be laughablePuckishMischievous; impish; naughtily or annoyingly playfulDelusionAn erroneous perception of reality; misconception, misbeliefAplombSelf : confident assurance; poise; assurance of manner or of action; a firm belief in one's own powers; stable, calm state of the emotionsStuporA state of reduced or suspended sensibility; state of mental numbness, as that resulting from shock; a daze; condition of dullness, often resulting from stress; unconsciousnessBenedictA newly married man who was previously considered a confirmed bachelorArboretumA facility where trees and shrubs are cultivated for exhibition; botanical garden primarily devoted to trees and woody plants, forming a living collection of trees intended at least partly for scientific studyGrouchA habitually complaining or irritable person; a grumbling or sulky mood; complaint; a grudgeAnimadversionStrong criticism; a critical or censorious remark; harsh criticism or disapprovalUncouthCrude; unrefined; awkward or clumsy; ungraceful; archaic; foreign; unfamiliar; clumsy, uncultivated; lacking in delicacy or refinementProvenancePlace of origin; derivation; the history of the ownership of an object, especially when documented or authenticated