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clamber

To climb with difficulty, especially on all fours; scramble.

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littoral

Of or on a shore, especially a seashore.

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batten

To furnish, fasten, or secure with battens (narrow strips of wood used especially for flooring).

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shimmy

Abnormal vibration or wobbling, as of the wheels of an automobile. A dance popular in the 1920s, characterized by rapid shaking of the body.

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compendium

A short, complete summary; an abstract. A list or collection of various items.

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fillip

A snap or light blow made by pressing a fingertip against the thumb and suddenly releasing it. One that is trivial or of little importance.

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decry

To condemn openly. To depreciate (currency, for example) by official proclamation or by rumor.

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extol

To praise highly; exalt.

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esurient

Hungry; greedy.

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traduce

To cause humiliation or disgrace to by making malicious and false statements.

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flagitious

Characterized by extremely brutal or cruel crimes; vicious. Infamous; scandalous.

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philomath

A lover of learning; a scholar.

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sunder

To break or wrench apart; sever.

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persiflage

Light good-natured talk; banter. Light or frivolous manner of discussing a subject.

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protean

Readily taking on varied shapes, forms, or meanings. Exhibiting considerable variety or diversity.

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numinous

Of or relating to a numen; supernatural. Spiritually elevated; sublime.

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pelf

Wealth or riches, especially when dishonestly acquired.

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cynosure

An object that serves as a focal point of attention and admiration. Something that serves to guide.

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bumptious

Crudely or loudly assertive; pushy.

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obloquy

Abusively detractive language or utterance; calumny

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philter

A love potion. A magic potion or charm.

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deliquesce

To melt away. To disappear as if by melting.

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importunate

Troublesomely urgent or persistent in requesting; pressingly entreating.

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enervate

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality. To remove a nerve or part of a nerve.

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ribald

Characterized by or indulging in vulgar, lewd humor.

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condign

Deserved; adequate.

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quondam

That once was; former.

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camarilla

A group of confidential, often scheming advisers; a cabal.

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rapine

Forcible seizure of another’s property; plunder.

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myrmidon

A faithful follower who carries out orders without question.

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