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adroit
adj. Clever at dealing with difficult situations; adept; skillful.
Her adroit handling of the boat saved us from crashing into the rocks.
affront
v. To insult or to offend deliberately.
n. A deliberate insult or offensive act.
There is no better way to insult your coworkers than to suggest that they are indolent.
avocation
n. An activity taken up in addition to one's regular work or profession, usually for enjoyment; a hobby.
I snatch a few moments from my other avocations to thank you for your most interesting and delightful letter.
crusade
n. A prolonged, impassioned struggle for what is believed to be a just cause.
v. To engage in such a struggle.
The professor was carrying on a hot crusade against materialists.
definitive
adj. Supplying or being a final settlement or decision; conclusive.
Some scholars believe that the definitive beography of the poet Sylvia Plath has not yet been written.
demeanor
n. The way in which a person behaves; deportment; bearing.
They were unarmed, their aspect and demeanor friendly, and they held up otter-skins, and made signs indicative of a wish to trade.
erudite; erudition
adj. Having or demonstrating profound knowledge; learned.
One might like to be erudite but hesitate to be rude.
induct; induction
v. 1) To place ceremoniously or formally in an office or a position; install.
2) To admit to a society or to military service.
Most presidents give an inaugural address upon their induction into office.
lapse
v. 1) To fall or slip from a previous level or standard, as of accomplishment, quality, or conduct.
2) To come to an end, especially gradually or temporarily.
n. 1) A minor mistake; a slip.
2) A pause or interval.
Our soccer team lapsed into mediocrity halfway through the season.
militant
adj. Ready to fight, especially in the service of a cause.
n. One who is ready to fight for a cause.
The life of a field soldier is a perpetual militant state, and he must sleep with his weapon in his hands.
pariah
n. A social outcast.
Shortly, Tom came upon the juvenile pariah of the village, Huckleberry Finn, son of the town drunkard.
prodigy
n. 1) A person with exceptional talents or powers exhibited at an early age.
2) An act or event so extraordinary or rare as to inspire wonder.
Mozart was a musical prodigy who began composing at age five.
protégé (m); protégée (fem)
n. One whose welfare, training, or career is promoted by an influential person.
Even after Mr. Kirk accused him of plagiarism, the professor still had nothing but praise for his protégé.
raucous
adj. 1) Rough-sounding and harsh to the ear.
2) Boisterous and disorderly
He rose rigidly from his chair, leaving all the rest sitting, screwed his eyeglass into his eye, and spoke in a raucous undertone as if he had half-forgotten how to speak.
tacit
adj. Expressed without words; implied.
He gave his tacit approval to the plan by not raising any objections.