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interpolate
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v. estimate the value of, insert words into texts, often falsifying it thereby
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irony
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n. a trope that involves incongruity between what is expected and what occurs
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jejune
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a. lacking in nutritive value, displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity
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kinetic
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a. relating to the motion of material bodies and the forces associated therewith
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kowtow
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v. try to gain favor by cringing or flattering
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laissezfaire
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n. unwillingness to get involved in or influence other people's activities
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lexicon
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n. a reference book containing an alphabetical list of words with information about them
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loquacious
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a. full of trivial conversation, tending to talk a great deal; talkative
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lugubrious
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a. excessively mournful, looking or sounding sad and dismal
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metamorphosis
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n. a complete change of physical form or substance especially as by magic or witchcraft
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mitosis
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n. type of cell division that results in two daughter cells each having same number and kind of chromosomes as parent nucleus
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moiety
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n. one of two basic subdivisions of a tribe, one of two (approximately) equal parts
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nanotechnology
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n. the branch of engineering that deals with things smaller than 100 nanometers (especially with the manipulation of individual molecules)
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nihilism
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n. rejection of all religious and moral principles
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nomenclature
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n. a system of words used to name things in a particular discipline
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nonsectarian
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a. not involving or relating to different religious sects or political groups
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notarize
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v. authenticate as a notary, acknowledge or attest as a notary public
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obsequious
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a. attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
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oligarchy
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n. a political system governed by a few people
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omnipotent
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a. having unlimited power, having virtually unlimited authority or influence
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