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exothermic adjective. Releasing heat. Synonymns: heat-releasing, exothermal.
shutout noun. A defeat in a game where one side fails to score. Synonymns: skunk.
walloping noun. A sound thrashing or defeat. Synonymns: debacle, drubbing, thrashing, trouncing, whipping, slaughter.
pauperism noun. A state of extreme poverty or destitution. Synonymns: indigence, penury, need.
apostasy noun. Abandonment of one's religious faith, a political party, one's principles, or a cause. Synonymns: defection, renunciation.
vestige noun. A visible trace, evidence, or sign of something that once existed but exists or appears no more. Synonymns: tincture, trace, shadow.
arduous adjective. Demanding great effort or labor; difficult. Synonymns: backbreaking, grueling, laborious, toilsome, punishing, hard, heavy.
maverick adjective. Being independent in thought and action or exhibiting such independence. Synonymns: unorthodox, irregular.
bonhomie noun. A pleasant and affable disposition. Synonymns: affability, affableness, amiableness, geniality, amiability.
formicary noun. A nest of ants. Synonymns: anthill.
escritoire noun. A writing table; a desk. Synonymns: secretaire, writing table, secretary.
hibernal adjective. Of or relating to winter. Synonymns: brumal, hiemal.
plexor noun. A small hammer with a rubber head used in percussive examinations of the chest and in testing reflexes. Synonymns: percussor, plessor.
athirst adjective. Extremely desirous. Synonymns: hungry, thirsty.
quagmire noun. Land with a soft muddy surface. Synonymns: mire, morass, quag, slack.
pasquinade noun. A satire or lampoon, especially one that ridicules a specific person, traditionally written and posted in a public place. Synonymns: parody, put-on, sendup, spoof, charade, lampoon, mockery, burlesque, travesty, takeoff.
pincer noun. A grasping structure on the limb of a crustacean or other arthropods. Synonymns: chela, nipper, claw.
scissure noun. A split or opening in an organ or part. Synonymns: crack, crevice, fissure, cleft.
surreptitious adjective. Marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed. Synonymns: furtive, stealthy, sneaky.
ferrule noun. A metal ring or cap placed around a pole or shaft for reinforcement or to prevent splitting. Synonymns: collet.
plexus noun. A structure in the form of a network, especially of nerves, blood vessels, or lymphatics. Synonymns: rete.
listless adjective. Marked by low spirits; showing no enthusiasm. Synonymns: dispirited.
lycanthrope noun. A monster able to change appearance from human to wolf. Synonymns: werewolf, wolfman, loup-garou.
phellem noun. Outer tissue of bark; a protective layer of dead cells. Synonymns: cork.
sternutation noun. A symptom consisting of the involuntary expulsion of air from the nose. Synonymns: sneeze, sneezing.
appurtenance noun. Equipment, such as clothing, tools, or instruments, used for a specific purpose or task. Synonymns: paraphernalia, gear.
jurisprudence noun. The philosophy or science of law. Synonymns: legal philosophy, law.
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