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nascent: beginning to exist. exegesis: exposition; explanation. favonian: pertaining to the west wind; soft; mild; gentle. punctilio: a fine point of exactness in conduct, ceremony, or procedure. interregnum: the interval between two reigns; also, any breach of continuity in an order. hinterland: backcountry. chimerical: merely imaginary; fanciful. sunder: to break apart. uxorious: excessively fond of or submissive to a wife. coxcomb: a vain, showy fellow. bowdlerize: to remove or modify the parts considered offensive. incarnadine: pink or red; also, to redden. tractable: docile; manageable, governable. bromide: a commonplace or conventional saying. eddy: a current running contrary to a main current or in a circular direction. imprecation: a curse. foofaraw: excessive or flashy ornamentation; also, a fuss over a trivial matter. cudgel: a short heavy stick. yeasty: frothy; foamy; spumy, like yeast. pettifogger: a petty, unscrupulous lawyer; also, who quibbles over trivia. extemporaneous: composed, performed, or uttered on the spur of the moment. censure: to criticize severely; also, an expression of disapproval. supine: lying on the back; also, indolent; listless. inscrutable: difficult to fathom or understand. dissimulate: to hide under a false appearance; also, to feign or pretend. overweening: overbearing; also, excessive. conflate: to bring together; to meld. maunder: to talk or wander aimlessly. gadabout: one who roams about in search of amusement or social activity. cohort: a group; also, a companion or associate. homily: a sermon or lecture; also, an inspirational saying or a platitude.