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Meaning of oaf, miser, infamy, egress, thrall, divestiture, contentious, depredation, travail, diminutive

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Meaning of oaf (noun)
clumsy or dumb person; simpleton

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The waiter has been called an oaf ever since he dropped the tray.

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Meaning of miser (noun)
penny pincher; stingy person; scrooge; cheapskate

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The miser made no donations and loved counting his money every night.

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Meaning of infamy (noun)
bad reputation

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The town had only 98 residents, so all it took was one bad apple to bring infamy on the whole place.

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Meaning of egress (noun)
way out; exit; going out

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The doorway provided an egress from the chamber.

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Meaning of thrall (noun)
slave

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The worker was treated like a thrall, having to work many hours of overtime.

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Meaning of divestiture (noun)
being stripped; act of unclothing; deprivation of a right or privilege

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When it was found the team cheated, there was a divestiture of their crown.

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Meaning of contentious (adjective)
quarrelsome; controversial; argumentative

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The contentious student was asked to leave the classroom.
They hate his contentious behavior because every suggestion they give ends in a fight.

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Meaning of depredation (noun)
plundering or laying waste; pillaging; ravishing; plundering

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The pharaoh's once rich tomb was empty after centuries of depredation from grave robbers.

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Meaning of travail (noun)
very hard work; intense pain or agony; toil

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The farmer was tired after the travail of plowing the fields.
The analgesic finally ended her travail.

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Meaning of diminutive (noun)
small person; word, expressing smallness formed when a suffix is added

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Until schooling, they are the parents who will use the diminutive.

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