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Meaning of turgid, proximity, aristocracy, crass, calumniate, misanthrope, dilettante, exodus, devious, harangue

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Meaning of turgid (adjective)
swollen; inflated; using big or high-sounding words

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Her mouth brushed the smooth velvet of his shoulders, and moved down to sweep lightly across his turgid male nipples.

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Meaning of proximity (noun)
nearness; vicinity; adjacency; closeness

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The close proximity of the issue to the announcement of cost overruns at Eurotunnel has led many analysts to highlight the similarities between the schemes.

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Meaning of aristocracy (noun)
government by the best people; privileged class

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Horse-racing, a sport that had largely remained in the hands of the aristocracy and which was the object of criticism from bourgeois ideologues and socialists alike, grew rapidly in popularity.

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Meaning of crass (adjective)
insensitive; materialistic; rude; ill-mannered

Example
To make light of someone's weakness is crass.
They made their money the old-fashioned way, but still they were accused of being crass.
My respect for the man was lowered when he made the crass remark.

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Meaning of calumniate (verb)
to accuse falsely or maliciously in order to injure another's reputation; to slander

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This led us to agitate the question, whether legal redress could be obtained, even when a man's deceased relation was calumniated in a publication.

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Meaning of misanthrope (noun)
person who distrusts everything; hater of mankind

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After the man swindled all of the woman's savings, she became a misanthrope.
The misanthrope lived alone in the forest.

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Meaning of dilettante (noun)
admirer of the fine arts; dabbler; amateur; nonprofessional

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Though she played the piano occasionally, she was more of a dilettante.

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Meaning of exodus (noun)
mass departure; emigration

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Following the Exodus from Egypt and the Settlement in Canaan in the latter part of the second millennium BC, the Jews found themselves in a region which was on the main line of communication between Egypt and Babylonia.

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Meaning of devious (adjective)
deceptive; crooked; twisting; circuitous; indirect

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Some researchers had become so daunted by the devious nature of the virus, which can hide within the cells of the body, that they felt a vaccine would be impossible.

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Meaning of harangue (noun)
lengthy, heartfelt speech; scolding; lecture

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We sat patiently and listened to her harangue.
When he finally stopped his haranguing, I responded calmly.

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