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Sep
08
2017

alfresco

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ael fre sko

adverb
in the open air; outside.
If the weather is fine, we shall dine alfresco.
In warm weather, some professors teach alfresco.

adjective
outdoor.
Fortunately, the weather was fine for the alfresco art exhibit.
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Sep
08
2017

humiliate

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hyu mI li eIt

transitive verb
to cause (someone) to lose pride or feel disgraced; embarrass; mortify.
His punishment, carried out in front of the other students, humiliated the boy.
The soldiers harassed the man’s wife not only for their pleasure but to humiliate him.
It humiliated her that she’d boasted about going to Harvard and then wasn’t accepted there.

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Sep
07
2017

facile

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fae sihl  [or]  fae saIl

adjective
1.  acting or working in an easy manner.
She had a facile mind and all subjects came easily to her.

2.  achieved with little or no effort.
The flawless performance appeared facile, but it had required months of intense practice.

3.  marked by superficiality; simplistic.
You didn’t give the article any real thought, and therefore you reached a facile conclusion.
The textbook’s facile explanation was more confusing than helpful.

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Sep
07
2017

parch

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parch

transitive verb
1.  to make very dry, as by sunlight or the application of heat.
The sun parched all the crops.

2.  to make thirsty or dry.
The exhausted and sweaty workers were parched by their efforts.

intransitive verb
to become dry or thirsty, esp. because of heat.
Even the hardiest plants parched in the extreme heat.
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Sep
06
2017

hedonistic

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hi d@ nI stihk

adjective
adhering to or characterized by the principle that pleasure should be the primary aim in life.
The young men’s hedonistic lifestyle ended abruptly when they were sent to war.
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