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  1. sponger
    (noun; Syn, 3)
    A person who habitually borrows or lives at the expense of others.

    leech, parasite, or loaf.
  2. czardas
    (noun)
    A Hungarian national dance in two movements, one slow and the other fast.
  3. onerous
    (adj.; syn., 3; ant., 3)
    Having or involving obligations or responsibilities, especially legal ones, that outweigh the advantages.

    Syn: Arduous; austere; burdensome.

    Ant: Common; easy; trivial.
  4. repine
    (v; defs, 3)
    To complain; fret; grumble.
  5. praemia vitae 
    (n; 1)
    The rewards and delights of life.
  6. pontifex
    (n; syns, 2)
    Head of Catholic Church. 

    syn: bishop; pope.
  7. lampoon
    (n; 3)
    A parody, satire, or pasquil, 
  8. shoal
    (n; 3)
    A sandbar, bank, or bar.
  9. harbinger
    (n; 3)
    an omen, sign, or herald.
  10. yawp
    (v; 3)
    to yelp, squawk, or bawl.
  11. phonology
    (n; 3)
    The study of the distribution and patterning of speech sounds in a language and of the tacit rules governing pronunciation;

    accent, articulation, or diction.
  12. spoonerism
    (n; 3)
    • a misspeaking, lapsus linguae, or solecism.
  13. Oedipus complex
    (n; 1)
    the unresolved desire of a child for sexual gratification through the parent of the opposite sex, especially the desire of a son for his mother. This involves, first, identification with and, later, hatred for the parent of the same sex, who is considered by the child as a rival.
  14. abdicate
    (v; 3)
    to abjure, abnegate, or demit.
  15. cede (v)
    to abandon, surrender;

    abalienate, abdicate, fold, remise, vouchsafe, waive
  16. charlatan (n)
    a person who pretends or claims to have more knowledge or skill than he or she possesses; quack.

    impostor, mountebank, fraud, fake, phony.
  17. tumult (n)
    a violent and noisy commotion or disturbance of a crowd or mob;

    uproar, disorder, turbulence.
  18. strife (n)
    a vigorous or bitter conflict, discord, or antagonism; 

    difference, disagreement, contrariety, opposition.
  19. prolix (adj)
    extended to great, unnecessary, or tedious length;

    diffuse, lengthy, rambling, tedious, verbose, windy
  20. beset (v)
    to attack on all sides; 

    assail, harass, encircle, enclose, besiege, beleaguer.
  21. amanuensis (n)
    a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another;

    assistant, agent, auditor, copyist, notary, recorder, registrar, secretary, stenographer, transcriber.
  22. barrister (n)
    Informal - any lawyer.
  23. conveyance (n)
    a means of transporting, especially a vehicle, as a bus, airplane, or automobile;

    car, carriage, carrying, communication, machine, movement, transfer, transference, transmission, transportation, vehicle.
  24. apropos (adj)
    fitting; at the right time; to the purpose; opportunely.
  25. vitriol (n)
    something highly caustic or severe in effect, as criticism.
  26. actuary (n)
    person who maintains financial accounts of abusiness.
  27. prattler (n)
    person who talks a lot, spreads.
  28. asunder (adv)
    apart; into pieces;

    disconnected, disjoined, divided, in half, loose, separated, split, to shreds, torn.
  29. torpid (adj)
    inactive or sluggish.
  30. compeer (n)
    an equal in rank, ability, accomplishment, etc.; peer; colleague.
  31. stolid (adj)
    not easily stirred or moved mentally; unemotional; impassive.
  32. haggard (adj)
    having a gaunt, wasted, or exhausted appearance, as from prolonged suffering, exertion, or anxiety; worn:
  33. amble (v)
    to go at a slow, easy pace; stroll; saunter:
  34. smote (v)
    to strike or hit hard, with or as with the hand, a stick, or other weapon:
  35. inexorable (adj)
    unyielding; unalterable
  36. confabulation (n)
    the act conversation or discussion.
  37. codicil (n)
    a supplement to a will, containing an addition, explanation, modification, etc., of something in the will.
  38. improvidence (n)
    lacking foresight; incautious; unwary.
  39. matron (n)
    a married woman, especially one who is mature and staid or dignified and has an established social position.
  40. languid (adj)
    lacking in vigor or vitality; slack or slow
  41. reverie (n)
    a state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing

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