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equinox
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n. either of two times of the year when the sun crosses the plane of the earth's equator and day and night are of equal length
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evanescent
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a. tending to vanish like vapor, soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing
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expurgate
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v. edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate
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fatuous
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a. devoid of intelligence, silly and pointless
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feckless
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a. generally incompetent and ineffectual, not fit to assume responsibility
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fiduciary
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a. involving trust, referring to paper currency depending on securities for its value
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filibuster
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n. a tactic for delaying or obstructing legislation by making long speeches
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gamete
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n. a mature sexual reproductive cell having a single set of unpaired chromosomes
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gauche
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a. lacking social polish, lacking ease or grace
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gerrymander
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v. divide unfairly and to one's advantage, of voting districts
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hegemony
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n. the dominance or leadership of one social group or nation over others
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hemoglobin
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n. function primarily to transport oxygen from the lungs to the body tissues
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homogeneous
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a. all of the same or similar kind or nature
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hubris
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n. overbearing pride or presumption, excessive pride or self-confidence
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hypotenuse
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n. the side of a right triangle opposite the right angle
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impeach
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v. challenge the honesty or veracity of, bring an accusation against; level a charge against
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incognito
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a. with your identity concealed
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incontrovertible
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a. necessarily or demonstrably true, impossible to deny or disprove
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inculcate
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v. teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions
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infrastructure
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n. the basic structure or features of a system or organization
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