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Definition of shibboleth (noun)
party slogan

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Colonel Goreng was moving away from the details of the operation to talk about the Western concept of human rights, to mock it, to say what a ridiculous shibboleth it was when it stopped you defending the rights of those who weren't criminals, when Mrs Goreng knocked on the door.

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Definition of promontory (noun)
piece of land jutting into a body of water; bluff

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The boat hit the rocky promontory, splitting the bow.

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Definition of deluge (noun)
great flood; downpour; inundation; drenching rain

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He went on to prove that earthquakes were the result of electrical disturbances of the air of which the movement of the Earth was a secondary effect, that sponges were not living creatures and that the deluge took place in the Autumn.

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Definition of proletariat (noun)
working class; social class comprised of manual laborers

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The transformation of the peasantry into a rural proletariat weakened hamula (patrilineal extended family) ties, and strengthened class ones.

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Definition of microcosm (noun)
little world or universe in miniature

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The hazards are internal; as the pressure-cooker microcosm of the nation's Balkanisation, it is impossible to court, for instance, the Jewish vote without offending blacks, and vice-versa.

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Definition of forbearance (noun)
self-restraint; self-control; abstinence; moderation

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He exhibited remarkable forbearance when confronted with the mischievous children.

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Definition of sinecure (noun)
profitable and easy job

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One way of evading restrictions was to find sinecure posts for good players; one man was given the job of checking the advertising posters for the club, though the most common trick was for club directors, who were often substantial employers, to find part-time or simply bogus jobs for which payment was made.

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Definition of incumbent (noun)
person who currently holds an office or position

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Nicholas Ridley, the latest incumbent, is retaining his silken skills to advise on industrial and financial affairs and the Airbus program.

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Definition of arbiter (noun)
person who is authorized to judge or decide

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The decision of who would represent the people was made by the arbiter.

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Definition 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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