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abjure
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v. formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure
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abrogate
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v. revoke formally, repeal or do away with (a law, right, or formal agreement)
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abstemious
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a. sparing in consumption of especially food and drink, marked by temperance in indulgence
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acumen
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n. shrewdness shown by keen insight, a tapering point
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antebellum
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a. belonging to a period before a war especially the American Civil War
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auspicious
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a. auguring favorable circumstances and good luck
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belie
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v. represent falsely, be in contradiction with
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bellicose
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a. having or showing a ready disposition to fight
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bowdlerize
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v. edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate
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chicanery
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n. the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)
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chromosome
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n. a threadlike strand of DNA in the cell nucleus that carries the genes in a linear order
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churlish
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a. having a bad disposition, rude in a mean-spirited and surly way
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circumlocution
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n. a style that involves indirect ways of expressing things, an indirect way of expressing something
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circumnavigate
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v. travel around either by plane or ship, go around or avoid (an obstacle)
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deciduous
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a. shedding foliage at the end of the growing season, being shed at the end of a period of growth
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deleterious
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a. harmful to living things, causing harm or damage
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diffident
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a. showing modest reserve, lacking self-confidence
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enervate
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v. weaken mentally or morally, disturb the composure of
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enfranchise
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v. grant freedom to; as from slavery or servitude, grant voting rights
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epiphany
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n. a divine manifestation, twelve days after Christmas
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