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Abecedarian (noun, adjective)
1. One who is learning the alphabet; hence, a beginner.
2. One engaged in teaching the alphabet.
3. Pertaining to the letters of the alphabet.
4. Arranged alphabetically.
5. Rudimentary; elementary.

Abscond (verb)
1. To leave quickly and secretly and hide oneself, often to avoid arrest or prosecution
2. Run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along
3. To hide; to conceal

Abstruse (adjective)
Difficult to comprehend or understand

Agrestic (adjective)
Pertaining to fields or the country; rural; rustic

Aural (adjective)
1. Characterized by or relating to an aura
2. Of, relating to, or perceived by the ear



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Bromide (noun)
1. A compound of bromine and another element or a positive organic radical
2. A dose of potassium bromide taken as a sedative
3. A dull person with conventional thoughts
4. A commonplace or conventional saying



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Cacophony (noun)
1. Jarring, discordant sound; dissonance
2. The use of harsh or discordant sounds in literary composition, as for poetic effect

Cad (noun)
A man whose behavior is unprincipled or dishonorable

Cap-a-pie (adverb)
From head to foot; at all points

Compleat (adjective)
1. Of or characterized by a highly developed or wide-ranging skill or proficiency
2. Being an outstanding example of a kind; quintessential



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Defenestration (noun)
An act of throwing someone or something out of a window

Discombobulate (verb)
To throw into a state of confusion

Doyen/Doyenne (noun)
1. The senior member of a body or group.
2. One who is knowledgeable or uniquely skilled as a result of long experience in some field of endeavor.



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Embonpoint (noun)
Plumpness of person; stoutness



F (to the top)
Fumet (noun)
1. A high-flavored substance, such as extract of game, for flavoring dishes of food; less properly, a ragout of partridge and rabbit braised in wine
2. The dung of deer



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Hardscrabble (adjective)
1. Yielding a bare or meager living with great labor or difficulty
2. Marked by poverty

Heterodox (adjective)
1.Contrary to or differing from some acknowledged standard, especially in church doctrine or dogma; unorthodox
2.Holding unorthodox opinions or doctrines



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Irrupt (intransitive verb)
1. To burst in forcibly or suddenly; to intrude
2. (Ecology) To increase rapidly in number



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Militate (intransitive verb)
To have force or influence

Mondegreen (noun)
A series of words that result from the mishearing or misinterpretation of a statement or song lyric



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Neologism (noun)
1. A new word or expression
2. A new use of a word or expression
3. The use or creation of new words or expressions
4. (Psychiatry) An invented, meaningless word used by a person with a psychiatric disorder
5. (Theology) A new view or interpretation of a scripture

Nonplus (noun, verb)
1. A state of perplexity, confusion, or bewilderment
2. To put at a loss as to what to think, say, or do; bewilder



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Predilection (noun)
A predisposition to choose or like; an established preference

Preternatural (adjective)
1. Existing outside of nature; differing from the natural; nonnatural
2. Surpassing the usual or normal; extraordinary; abnormal
3. Beyond or outside ordinary experience; inexplicable by ordinary means

Pulchritudinous (adjective)
Characterized by or having great physical beauty and appeal



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Redoubtable (adjective)
1. Arousing fear or alarm; formidable
2. Illustrious; eminent; worthy of respect or honor



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Sentient (adjective)

1. Capable of perceiving by the senses; conscious
2. Experiencing sensation or feeling

Suasion (noun)
The act of persuading; persuasion



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Tarradiddle (noun)
1. A petty falsehood; a fib
2. Pretentious nonsense



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Verisimilitude (noun)
1. The appearance of truth; the quality of seeming to be true
2. Something that has the appearance of being true or real