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A

Accumulate

verb; to gather together or acquire an increasing number or quantity of something

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Acquiesce

verb; to agree and not object to something

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Adversarial

adjective; involving or characterized by conflict or opposition

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Aftermath

noun; consequences or after-effects of a significant unpleasant event

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Alliteration

noun; a group of words beginning with the same letter or sound e.g. slithering snakes slide sideways

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Allocation

noun; a part that is allocated; a share

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Analogy

noun; similarity, describing a thing or situation by using examples from similar or parallel cases

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Analysis

noun; the detailed examination of the elements or structure of something

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Anglophile

noun; person who is fond of or greatly admires England or Britain

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Anomaly

noun; something that deviates from what is standard, normal, or expected

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Apostrophe

noun; a punctuation mark denoting possession (e.g. Harry's book) or omission of a letter or letters (e.g.can't, they're) 

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Archetypal

adjective;  very typical of a certain kind of person or thing

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Assertive

adjective; declaring or insisting on one's rights

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Augment

verb; to enhance or increase

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Axiomatic

adjective; something which is self-evident or unquestionable

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B

Baffle

verb; to confuse, bewilder or perplex

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Bibliography

noun; a  list of   books, articles, websites and resources used to support the research for an   assignment etc.

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Boisterous

adjective; noisy and lively; unrestrained or unruly

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Boolean

adjective; relating to a logical system of combinations and variables, using the operators AND, OR, NOT, and XOR

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Byline

noun; a line in a newspaper naming the writer of an article

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C

Cacophony

noun; a harsh discordant mixture of sounds

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Colloquial

adjective; denoting or characterized by informal or conversational idiom or vocabulary

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Compassion

noun; sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others

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Concatenate

verb; to link (things) together in a chain or series

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Conflate

verb; to combine (two or more sets of information, texts, ideas, etc.) into one.

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Consonant

noun; a letter from the alphabet that is not a vowel

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Contemplate

verb; to think or look thoughtfully for a long time

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Contemporaneous

adjective; dating from the same time as something else or happening at the same time as something

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Contemporary

adjective; of these times, up to date

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Contribution

noun; a gift or payment to a common fund or collection or The part played by a person or thing in bringing about a result or helping something to advance

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Controversy

noun; prolonged public disagreement or heated discussion

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Conundrum

noun; a riddle or puzzle

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Correlation

noun; a mutual relationship or connection between two or more things

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Cosmopolitan

adjective; from all or may parts of the world, free from national limitations

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Cosmos

noun; the ordered universe

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Coulrophobia

noun; a fear of clowns

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Couture

noun; the design and manufacture of fashionable clothes to a client’s specific requirements and measurements

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Cuisine

noun; a style or method of cooking, especially as characteristic of a particular country, region, or establishment

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Curiosity

noun; a strong desire to know or learn something

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Cursory

adjective; hasty and therefore not thorough or detailed

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D

Dedication

noun; the quality of being dedicated or committed to a task or purpose

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Derogatory

adjective; showing a critical or disrespectful attitude

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Diaspora

noun; the dispersion or spread of any people from their original homeland

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Dilemma

noun; a situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two or more alternatives, especially ones that are equally undesirable

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Disabuse

verb; to relieve someone of the illusion of something

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Dovetail

verb; to fit or cause to fit together easily and conveniently

or

noun; a joint formed by one or more tapered projections (tenons) on one piece, which interlock with corresponding notches or recesses (mortises) in another

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Dystopian

noun; an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad. Opposite of utopia.

Entry link: Dystopian

E

Eccentric

adjective; unconventional

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Eclectic

adjective; deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources

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Egregious

adjective; something which is outstandingly bad; shocking

Entry link: Egregious

Embark

verb; to get onboard a craft  OR to start something new

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Empathy

noun; the ability to understand and share the feelings of another

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Enthralling

adjective; capturing and holding one’s attention; fascinating

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Epiphany

noun; manifestation or a moment of sudden and great revelation or realisation

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Epistemology

noun; the theory of knowledge, especially with regard to its methods, validity, and scope, and the distinction between justified belief and opinion.

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Eponymous

adjective; (of a person) giving their name to something e.g. the musical Oliver! being named after the main character, Oliver Twist

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Esoteric

adjective; intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest

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Exemplar

noun; a person or thing serving as a typical example or appropriate model

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Existential

adjective; relating to existence

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Exude

verb; to make apparent by mood or behaviour e.g. he exuded confidence

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F

Fiscal

adjective; relating to financial matters

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Fortuitous

adjective; something happening by chance rather than intention

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Frivolous

adjective; something silly, paltry or trifling

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Frugal

adjective; economical, sparing

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Fulcrum

noun; the point against which a lever is placed to bet support  or  the means by which influence is brought to bear

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G

Gimmick

noun; something designed to attract extra attention, interest, or publicity

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Glossary

noun: a list of terms and their associated meanings pertaining to a subject

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Grotesque

adjective; strangely or fantastically distorted; bizarre  

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Guffaw

noun; a boisterous laugh

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H

Haggard

adjective; careworn or gaunt, as from lack of sleep, anxiety, or starvation

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Halcyon

adjective; happy and carefree

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Hawser

noun; large rope or small cable, often of steel

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Hepatic

adjective; relating to the liver

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Hermetically

adverb; sealed so as to be airtight

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Humility

noun; humbleness

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I

Idiom

noun; a group of words whose meaning cannot be predicted from the meanings of the constituent words, as for example (It was rainingcats and dogs

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Ignoble

adjective; mean or base

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Impeccable

adjective; in accordancewith the highest standards; faultless

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Imperative

adjective; something which is of vital importance

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Impetus

noun; something that makes a process or activity happen or happen more quickly

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Impregnable

adjective; something which is unable to be defeated or overcome

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Incarnation

noun; a living being embodying a deity or spirit

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Incoherent

adjective; something that does not make sense

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Incunabula

plural noun;  a

n early printed book, especially one printed before 1501.

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Infer

verb; to deduce or conclude (something) from evidence and reasoning rather than from explicit statements

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Innovative

adjective; new ideas; original and creative thinking or new methods

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Integrity

noun; honesty

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Intrigue

verb; to arouse the curiosity or interest of someone; to fascinate

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J

Jamboree

noun; celebration, a large rally - usually of boy scouts or girl guides

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Jaunt

noun; a pleasure excursion or trip

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Jeopardy

noun; danger

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Jiffy

noun; a short time

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Jocular

adjective; characterised by joking and good humour

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Jocund

adjective; merry

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Jurisprudence

noun; the science of, or skill in, law

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K

Kaleidoscope

noun; any complex pattern of frequently changing shapes and colours

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Ketone

noun; any of a class of compounds with the general formula R′COR, where R and R′ are alkyl               or aryl groups

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Kinematic

adjective; motion viewed without reference to force

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Kismet

noun; destiny

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Kleptomania

noun; the tendency to steal for its own sake

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L

Lacklustre

adjective; lacking in vitality, force, or conviction; uninspired or uninspiring

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Literary

adjective; concerned with literature and writing

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Litigation

noun; contesting a point at law

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M

Melancholy

noun; lack of cheerfulness

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Mellifluous

adjective; a sound that is pleasingly smooth and musical to hear

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Meniscus

noun; the curved upper surface of a liquid in a tube

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Metacognition

noun; awareness and understanding of one's own thought processes

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Microcosm

noun; a community, place, or situation regarded as encapsulating in miniature the characteristics of something much larger

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Mitigation

noun; the action of reducing the severity, seriousness, or painfulness of something

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Momentum

noun; the impetus and driving force gained by the development of a process or course of events

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Moribund

adjective; likely soon to perish

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Munificent

adjective; characterised by, or displaying, great generosity.

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N

Naive

adjective; showing a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgement

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Nefarious

adjective; wicked

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Notwithstanding

preposition; in spite of something or someone

Entry link: Notwithstanding

Numerical

adjective; concerned with numbers

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O

Obfuscate

verb; to bewilder

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Ordinal

adjective; defining a things place in a numerical sequence e.g. first, second, third etc.

Entry link: Ordinal

Ostentatious

adjective; something characterised by pretentious or showy displaydesigned to impress

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Ostracise

verb; to exclude from a society or group

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P

Panoply

noun; an extensive or impressive collection

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Penultimate

adjective; last but one in a series of things

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Perfidious

adjective; treacherous

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Pernicious

adjective; destructive or injurious

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Perspicacious

adjective; having insight into something

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Phalanx

noun; a united or organised group

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Phenomenal

adjective; remarkable or exceptional, especially exceptionally good

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Philanthropist

noun; a person who seeks to promote the welfare of others, especially by the generous donation of money to good causes

Entry link: Philanthropist

Plagiarism

noun; the intentional copying of another's work or ideas in an attempt to pass them off as one's own

Entry link: Plagiarism

Plethora

noun; an over-supply or glut of something

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Polyglot

noun; someone who can speak, read and write in several languages

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Polymath

noun; a person of wide knowledge or learning

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Ponderous

adjective; something unwieldy, heavy or dull

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Pontificate

verb; to assume airs of infallibility

noun; the office of the Pope

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Potential

adjective; expressing possibility

noun; the amount of energy or work, as in physics

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Preclude

verb; to make something impossible or impractical

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Predecessor

noun; a person who held a job or office before the current postholder

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Predicament

noun; a difficult, unpleasant, or embarrassing situation

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Predilection

noun; a liking or preference for something

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Prefix

noun; a letter or syllable added to the beginning of a word e.g. 'im' added to'possible' becomes impossible

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Preoccupy

verb; to dominate or engross the mind of someone to the exclusion of other thoughts

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Preposition

noun; a part of grammar denoting governance in relation to noun or pronoun e.g. ‘the man on the platform’, ‘she arrived after dinner’, ‘what did you do it for?’.

Entry link: Preposition

Prerogative

noun;  a right or privilege exclusive to a particular individual or class


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Prestidigitation

noun; sleight of hand, as used by a magician

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Prevaricate

verb; to make misleading or evasive statements

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Proclivity

noun; a tendency to choose or do something regularly; an inclination or predisposition towards a particular thing

Entry link: Proclivity

Procrastinate

verb; to put off doing something

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Prognosis

noun; forecast of an event, usually a medical outcome

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Propensity

noun; an inclination towards something

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Punctilious

adjective; showing great attention to detail or correct behaviour

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Q

Quenelle

noun; a finely sieved mixture of cooked meat or fish, shaped into various forms and cooked in stock or fried as croquettes

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Quirky

adjective; exhibiting an individual peculiarity of character; mannerism or foible

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Quonk

noun; an accidental noise picked up on a microphone while broadcasting

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Quotient

noun; the result of the division of one number or quantity by another

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R

Recipient

noun; a person who receives something

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Reconcile

verb; to restore friendly relations between several people

Entry link: Reconcile

Remarkable

adjective; something worthy of attention

Entry link: Remarkable

Resonance

noun; to prolong sound by echo or vibration

Entry link: Resonance

Retrench

verb; cut back on something, reduce the amount

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Retrospect

noun; look back on something that has past

Entry link: Retrospect

Rhetorical

adjective; something which is expressed in terms which are intended to persuade or impress

Entry link: Rhetorical

S

Salient

adjective; something which is prominent, conspicuous, or striking

Entry link: Salient

Serendipidy

noun; making happy or fortuitous discoveries by accident

Entry link: Serendipidy

Sophisticated

adjective; having, revealing, or involving a great deal of worldly experience and knowledge of fashion and culture

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Specification

noun: an act of identifying something precisely or of stating a precise requirement

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Substantive

adjective; something which has a firm basis in reality and, as such, is important or meaningful

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Suffix

noun; a letter or syllable added to the end of a word e.g. 'able' added to'dispose' becomes disposable

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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

adjective; extraordinarily good or wonderful; popularised by the 1964 film Mary Poppins.

Entry link: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Superfluous

adjective; exceeding what is sufficient or required

Entry link: Superfluous

Syncopation

noun; displacement of accents in music, the strong beat becoming weak and vice versa

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T

Tittle

noun; the name for the dot over the letter i or j

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Transition

noun; a passage from one state or thing to another

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Trounce

verb; to defeat heavily in a contest

Entry link: Trounce

Tumultuous

adjective; making an uproar or loud, confused noise

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Twaddle

noun; silly, trivial, or pretentious talk or writing; nonsense

Entry link: Twaddle

U

Ubiquitous

adjective; something which appears or is found everywhere

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V

Viscosity

noun; the extent to which a fluid resists a tendency to flow

Entry link: Viscosity

Visionary

adjective; thinking about or planning the future with imagination or wisdom

Entry link: Visionary

Vitreous

adjective; like the nature of glass

Entry link: Vitreous

Vituperative

adjective; bitter and abusive.


Entry link: Vituperative

Volatility

noun; evaporating rapidly or rapid change in temperament

Entry link: Volatility

W

Waffle

verb; to talk in a continual rapid chatter

Entry link: Waffle

Waft

verb; convey smoothly through the air or along the water

Entry link: Waft

Wallow

verb; to take great delight in something

Entry link: Wallow

Wend

verb; to go

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Wheedle

verb; to fool someone by means of flattery or endearments

Entry link: Wheedle

Whimper

verb; no make feeble or frightened sounds

Entry link: Whimper

Windward

adjective; in the direction from which the wind is blowing

Entry link: Windward

Witticism

noun; a witty or facetious remark

Entry link: Witticism

Wrangle

verb; to encourage, persuade, or obtain by argument

noun; a noisy or angry argument

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X

Xebec

noun; a small three-masted Mediterranean vessel with both square and lateen sails

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Xenophobia

noun; a fear or dislike of foreigners

Entry link: Xenophobia

Xoanon

noun; a primitive image of a god, carved, esp originally, in wood, and supposed to have fallen from heaven

 

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Xylophone

noun; a percussion instrument consisting of a set of wooden bars of graduated length. It is played with hard-headed hammers

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Y

Yaffle

noun; a green woodpecker

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Yodel

noun & verb; an effect produced in singing by an abrupt change of register from the chest voice to falsetto, especially in popular folk songs of the Swiss Alps

Entry link: Yodel

Yorker

noun; in cricket, a ball that pitches under the bat

Entry link: Yorker

Yule

noun; the Christmas festival

Entry link: Yule

Z

Zenith

noun; the highest point; peak;

Entry link: Zenith

Zeugma

noun; a figure of speech in which a word is used to modify or govern two or more words although               appropriate to only one of them or making a different sense with each, as in the sentence Mr. Pickwick took his hat and his leave (Charles Dickens)

Entry link: Zeugma

Zither

noun; a stringed instrument with a flat sound box, placed on the lap and plucked with fingers or a plectrum

Entry link: Zither

Zoophyte

noun; an animal which resembles a plant in its form e.g. a sea anemone

Entry link: Zoophyte


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