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  • payee
    a person to whom money is paid
  • riposte
    (fencing) a counterattack made immediately after successfully parrying the opponents lunge
  • driftwood
    wood that is floating or that has been washed ashore


  • largesse
    largess: a gift or money given (as for service or out of benevolence); usually given ostentatiously;
    munificence: liberality in bestowing gifts; extremely liberal and generous of spirit;
    Alternative spelling of largess
  • masada
    Masada (Hebrew מצדה, pronounced Metzada, from מצודה, metzuda, "fortress") is the name for a site of ancient palaces and fortifications in the South District of Israel on top of an isolated rock plateau, or horst, on the eastern edge of the Judea
  • famous
    celebrated: widely known and esteemed; "a famous actor"; "a celebrated musician"; "a famed scientist"; "an illustrious judge"; "a notable historian"; "a renowned painter"
  • cases
    A case of some merchandise is a collection of items packaged together. In the United States, typically a standard case contains a certain number of items depending on what the merchandise is. ...
  • aardvark
    nocturnal burrowing mammal of the grasslands of Africa that feeds on termites; sole extant representative of the order Tubulidentata
  • hague
    the site of the royal residence and the de facto capital in the western part of the Netherlands; seat of the International Court of Justice
  • satan
    (Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions) chief spirit of evil and adversary of God; tempter of mankind; master of Hell
  • kazoo
    a toy wind instrument that has a membrane that makes a sound when you hum into the mouthpiece
  • major
    a commissioned military officer in the United States Army or Air Force or Marines; below lieutenant colonel and above captain
  • tabulated
    that has been counted or summed; that has been formatted as a table; flattened;
    tabulate - table: arrange or enter in tabular form;
    tabulate - shape or cut with a flat surface;
    tabulation - information set out in tabular form
  • gasbag
    a boring person who talks a great deal about uninteresting topics
  • larvae
    In Roman mythology, lemures (singular lemur) were shades or spirits of the restless or malignant dead, and are probably cognate with an extended sense of larvae (sing. larva = mask) as disturbing or frightening. ...
  • sarong
    a loose skirt consisting of brightly colored fabric wrapped around the body; worn by both women and men in the South Pacific
  • lacquered
    In a general sense, lacquer is a clear or coloured varnish that dries by solvent evaporation and often a curing process as well that produces a hard, durable finish, in any sheen level from ultra matte to high gloss and that can be further polis
  • sarcasm
    witty language used to convey insults or scorn
  • happen
    come to pass
  • range
    the limits within which something can be effective
  • rampart
    an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes
  • larva
    the immature free-living form of most invertebrates and amphibians and fish which at hatching from the egg is fundamentally unlike its parent and must metamorphose
  • bamboozle
    conceal one's true motives from especially by elaborately feigning good intentions so as to gain an end
  • ubangi
    The Ubangi River, also spelled Oubangui, ( or ) is a major tributary of the Congo River in Central Africa. ...
  • abet
    assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing
  • oblige
    bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted
  • echo
    the repetition of a sound resulting from reflection of the sound waves
  • edge
    the boundary of a surface
  • adze
    adz: an edge tool used to cut and shape wood;
    An adze or adz is a tool used for smoothing rough-cut wood in hand woodworking. Generally, the user stands astride a board or log and swings the ...
  • ideas
    iDeaS is a Nintendo DS emulator for Microsoft Windows and Linux, using GTK+. So far iDeaS has emulated the ARM7 GBA processor at 100%, and the ARM9 dual screen processor at 99%, enabling it to run many commercial ROMs, including Super Mario 64 D
  • regimental
    belonging to or concerning a regiment
  • teutonic
    of or pertaining to the ancient Teutons or their languages; "Teutonic peoples such as Germans and Scandinavians and British"; "Germanic mythology";
    Teutônia is a municipality in the state Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.
  • befriend
    become friends with
  • measure
    any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal
  • deafest
    Superlative form of deaf: most deaf
  • nero
    Roman Emperor notorious for his monstrous vice and fantastic luxury (was said to have started a fire that destroyed much of Rome in 64) but the Roman Empire remained prosperous during his rule (37-68)
  • reluctantly
    with reluctance
  • headgear
    the hoist at the pithead of a mine
  • rebel
    `Johnny' was applied as a nickname for Confederate soldiers by the Federal soldiers in the American Civil War; `greyback' derived from their grey Confederate uniforms
  • rebar
    a slope or hillside
  • geneva
    a city in southwestern Switzerland at the western end of Lake Geneva; it is the headquarters of various international organizations;
    gin made in the Netherlands
  • penetrate
    pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance
  • tennyson
    Englishman and Victorian poet (1809-1892)
  • tenet
    dogma: a religious doctrine that is proclaimed as true without proof;
    Tenet is an ethnic group in Eastern Equatoria in Sudan. They speak Tennet, a Nilo-Saharan language. They number over 10,000 in size.
  • being
    the state or fact of existing
  • generous
    willing to give and share unstintingly
  • egress
    (astronomy) the reappearance of a celestial body after an eclipse
  • ogle
    look at with amorous intentions
  • threaten
    to utter intentions of injury or punishment against:"He threatened me when I tried to call the police"
  • shenanigans
    Shenanigans is the third compilation album of Green Day, released in 2002. It contains B-sides, rarities, covers, and a previously unreleased track, "Ha Ha You're Dead", which was recorded in the late 90s but never legally released. ...
  • shiny
    glistening: reflecting light; "glistening bodies of swimmers"; "the horse's glossy coat"; "lustrous auburn hair"; "saw the moon like a shiny dime on a deep blue velvet carpet"; "shining white enamel"
  • lightly
    without good reason
  • divisive
    dissentious: dissenting (especially dissenting with the majority opinion)
  • vie
    compete: compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others;
    The Vacuum Insulated Evaporator (VIE) is a device which hospitals use to store large amounts of oxygen (cf. gas oxygen manifold).
  • disheartened
    demoralized: made less hopeful or enthusiastic; "desperate demoralized people looking for work"; "felt discouraged by the magnitude of the problem"; "the disheartened instructor tried vainly to arouse their interest";
    Discouraged, despairing
  • signs
    Signs is a 2002 science fiction thriller film written, produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin, and Abigail Breslin. ...
  • sieved
    Passed through a sieve
  • discovery
    the act of discovering something
  • tinsmiths
    tinsmith - someone who makes or repairs tinware
  • vigil
    a period of sleeplessness
  • tissue
    part of an organism consisting of an aggregate of cells having a similar structure and function
  • lithe
    lissome: moving and bending with ease;
    Lithe is an experimental programming language created in 1982 by David Sandberg at the University of Washington which allows the programmer to freely choose his own syntax. ...;
    gentle, mild; pleasant
  • viscera
    internal organs collectively (especially those in the abdominal cavity)
  • milieu
    the environmental condition
  • hijacks
    hijack - commandeer: take arbitrarily or by force; "The Cubans commandeered the plane and flew it to Miami";
    hijack - seize control of; "they hijacked the judicial process"
  • skye
    Skye or the Isle of Skye (Scottish Gaelic An t-Eilean Sgitheanach ), is the largest and most northerly island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. ...
  • clef
    a musical notation written on a staff indicating the pitch of the notes following it
  • flu
    influenza: an acute febrile highly contagious viral disease;
    Influenza, commonly referred to as the flu, is an infectious disease caused by RNA viruses of the family Orthomyxoviridae (the influenza viruses), that affects birds and mammals. ...
  • sleaziest
    Superlative form of sleazy: most sleazy
  • globular
    ball-shaped: having the shape of a sphere or ball; "a spherical object"; "nearly orbicular in shape"; "little globular houses like mud-wasp nests"- Zane Grey
  • bloodstream
    the blood flowing through the circulatory system
  • emcee
    act as a master of ceremonies
  • embody
    represent, as of a character on stage
  • insight
    a feeling of understanding
  • inert
    unable to move or resist motion
  • unman
    cause to lose one's nerve
  • an
    Associate in Nursing: an associate degree in nursing
  • entomb
    bury: place in a grave or tomb; "Stalin was buried behind the Kremlin wall on Red Square"; "The pharaohs were entombed in the pyramids"; "My ...
  • inconsiderate
    lacking regard for the rights or feelings of others
  • interest
    a sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something
  • ingot
    metal that is cast in the shape of a block for convenient handling
  • unafraid
    oblivious of dangers or perils or calmly resolute in facing them
  • unite
    act in concert or unite in a common purpose or belief
  • honorariums
    honorarium - a fee paid for a nominally free service
  • rococo
    fanciful but graceful asymmetric ornamentation in art and architecture that originated in France in the 18th century
  • rocky
    abounding in rocks or stones
  • condition
    a state at a particular time
  • noiselessness
    the property of making no noise
  • sombreros
    The English word sombrero, a loanword from Spanish, typically refers to a type of hat originating in Mexico.;
    sombrero - one of the islands of Saint Christopher-Nevis
  • conquer
    overcome by conquest
  • solicitor
    a petitioner who solicits contributions or trade or votes
  • doses
    dose - a measured portion of medicine taken at any one time;
    dose - treat with an agent; add (an agent) to; "The ray dosed the paint";
    dose - venereal disease: a communicable infection transmitted by sexual intercourse or genital contact
  • mollify
    make less rigid or softer
  • potash
    a potassium compound often used in agriculture and industry
  • poem
    a composition written in metrical feet forming rhythmical lines
  • optima
    Optima is a humanist sans-serif typeface designed by Hermann Zapf between 1952-1955 for the D. Stempel AG foundry, Frankfurt, Germany.
  • spectacle
    something or someone seen (especially a notable or unusual sight)
  • equilateral
    a figure whose sides are all equal
  • equality
    the quality of being the same in quantity or measure or value or status
  • equate
    be equivalent or parallel, in mathematics
  • squeeze
    the act of gripping and pressing firmly
  • trousseau
    the personal outfit of a bride; clothes and accessories and linens
  • urn
    a large vase that usually has a pedestal or feet
  • artiste
    a public performer (a dancer or singer)
  • drably
    in a drab manner
  • armpit
    the hollow under the arm where it is joined to the shoulder
  • arson
    malicious burning to destroy property
  • traumatic
    of or relating to a physical injury or wound to the body
  • freestyle
    a race (as in swimming) in which each contestant has a free choice of the style to use
  • espresso
    strong black coffee brewed by forcing hot water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans
  • assail
    attack someone physically or emotionally
  • escutcheon
    (nautical) a plate on a ship's stern on which the name is inscribed
  • ethic
    the principles of right and wrong that are accepted by an individual or a social group
  • stood
    stand - be standing; be upright; "We had to stand for the entire performance!";
    stand - base: a support or foundation; "the base of the lamp";
    stand - be in some specified state or condition; "I stand corrected"
  • etta
    A short form of Henrietta or of other female given names ending in -etta;
    a finger-style guitarist who recorded instrumental music of Appalachia for the Tradition label.
  • atelier
    artist's workroom: a studio especially for an artist or designer
  • stocked
    furnished with more than enough
  • atom
    (physics and chemistry) the smallest component of an element having the chemical properties of the element
  • utmost
    the greatest possible degree
  • atop
    on, to, or at the top
  • curter
    Comparative form of curt: more curt
  • funafuti
    capital of Tuvalu;
    Funafuti is an atoll that forms the capital of the island nation of Tuvalu. It has a population of 4,492 (2002 Census), making it the most populated atoll in the country. ...
  • quibble
    an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections
  • runes
    The runic alphabets are a set of related alphabets using letters known as runes to write various Germanic languages prior to the adoption of the ...
  • subpoena
    a writ issued by court authority to compel the attendance of a witness at a judicial proceeding; disobedience may be punishable as a contempt of court
  • kuwaitis
    The State of Kuwait ( دولة الكويت, dawlat al-kuwayt) is a sovereign Arab emirate situated in the northeast of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia. It is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the south and Iraq to the north and lies on the northwestern s
  • putative
    purported; commonly put forth or accepted as true on inconclusive grounds
  • eurasian
    a person of mixed European and Asian descent;
    relating to, or coming from, Europe and Asia; "His mother was Eurasian, and his father Chinese"; "the Eurasian landmass is the largest in the world"
  • cupcake
    small cake baked in a muffin tin
  • ounce
    a unit of apothecary weight equal to 480 grains or one twelfth of a pound
  • cuisine
    the practice or manner of preparing food or the food so prepared
  • tutus
  • museum
    a depository for collecting and displaying objects having scientific or historical or artistic value
  • gunboat
    a small shallow-draft boat carrying mounted guns; used by costal patrols
  • quondam
    erstwhile(a): belonging to some prior time; "erstwhile friend"; "our former glory"; "the once capital of the state"; "her quondam lover"
  • queue
    a line of people or vehicles waiting for something
  • evade
    practice evasion
  • evoke
    arouse: call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses); "arouse pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy";
    provoke: evoke or provoke to appear or occur; "Her behavior provoked a quarrel between the couple"
  • gypsum
    a common white or colorless mineral (hydrated calcium sulphate) used to make cements and plasters (especially plaster of Paris)
  • lyricist
    a person who writes the words for songs


  • miracle
  • émoi
  • intra-communautaire
    concernant l'intérieur d'une communauté (spécialement la Communauté Européenne)
  • etc.

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