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soi-disant

Definition: (adjective) Calling oneself thus.
Synonyms: self-styled.
Usage: I do not think either of these soi-disant friends is overflowing with love for the other.
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reprehensible

Definition: (adjective) Bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure.
Synonyms: condemnable, deplorable.
Usage: I must apologize for my children’s reprehensible behavior, which I assure you will not go unpunished.
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calcareous

Definition: (adjective) Of, containing, or resembling calcium carbonate.
Synonyms: chalky.
Usage: Immense accumulations of bird-guano gave the sides of Mount Mendif the appearance of calcareous rocks.
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bowdlerize

Definition: (verb) Edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate.
Synonyms: expurgate, sanitize.
Usage: The publisher refused to bowdlerize the classic novel, so the school board voted to place it on the district’s banned books list.
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entwine

Definition: (verb) Spin, wind, or twist together.
Synonyms: interlace.
Usage: He entwined his fingers with hers.
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tellurian

Definition: (noun) An inhabitant of the earth; a terrestrial.
Synonyms: earthling.
Usage: I was the first tellurian the Martians had ever seen, and they were as curious about me as I was about them.
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begrudge

Definition: (verb) To envy the possession or enjoyment of.
Synonyms: envy.
Usage: I begrudge him his success.
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prognosticate

Definition: (verb) Indicate by signs.
Synonyms: augur, auspicate, bode, omen, portend, foreshadow, presage, predict, prefigure, betoken, forecast, foretell.
Usage: This neighborhood has seen an urban renewal that prognosticates a social and cultural renaissance.
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robust

Definition: (adjective) Marked by richness and fullness of flavor.
Synonyms: full-bodied, racy, rich.
Usage: There is nothing like the robust flavor of fresh-brewed coffee.
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yesteryear

Definition: (noun) The time that has elapsed.
Synonyms: past.
Usage: The teen idols of yesteryear are now middle-aged has-beens.
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