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5000freevocab #1

aboveboard without concealment, fraud, or trickery
actuary an officer, as of an insurance company, who calculates and states the risks and premiums
adjuvant auxillary; that helps or aids
animadversion the utterance of criticism or censure; a critical (esp. unfavorable) comment (on or upon something)
ante in the game of poker, to put up a stake before the cards are dealt
antracite hard coal
antic a grotesque, ludicrous, or fantastic action
antilogy a contradiction in ideas, statements, or terms
averse reluctant
balsam medical preparation, aromatic and oily, used for healing
beck to give a signal to, by nod or gesture
brae a sloping bank; hillside
brimstone sulfur
cameo any small engraved or carved work in relief; a minor but well defined role in a play, movie, etc, esp. when performed by a notable actor
chagrin a feeling of embarrassment and annoyance because one has failed or been disappointed; mortification
codicil an addition to a will that changes, explains, revokes, or adds provisions
commissariat the department of an army charged with the provision of its food and water and daily needs
chiffon a very thin guaze used for trimmings, evening dress, etc.
complicity participation or partnership, as in wrong-doing or with a wrong-doer
cornice an ornamental molding running round the walls of a room close to the ceiling
coxswain one who steers a rowboat, or one who has charge of a ship's boat and its crew under a officer
culvert any artificial covered channel for the passage of water through a bank or under a road, canal
curio any unusual or rare article
cynosure any person or thing that is the center of attention or interest
dendroid treelike in form
derrick a large apparatus for lifting and moving heavy objects
datum something known or assumed; information from which conclusions can be inferred
defalcate to steal or misuse funds entrusted to one's care; embezzle
caitiff a mean, evil, or corwardly person
cadenza an elaborate, often improvised musical passage played unaccompanied by the solo instrument in a concerto
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