surrey (n.) — a light four-wheeled carriage with two seats facing forward

tenable (adj.) — able to be maintained or defended against attack or objection

diffident (adj.) — modest or shy because of a lack of self-confidence

perfidy (n.) — deceitfulness; untrustworthiness

disconcert (v.) — disturb the composure of; unsettle

supplicate (v.) — ask or beg for something earnestly or humbly

expositor (n.) — a person or thing that explains complicated ideas or theories

impute (v.) — represent (something, especially something undesirable) as being done, caused, or possessed by someone; attribute

waif (n.) — a person, especially a child, who has no home or friends

junta (n.) — a military or political group that rules a country after taking power by force

contratemps (n.) — a minor dispute or disagreement

mossback (n.) — an old-fashioned or extremely conservative person

plebiscite (n.) — the direct vote of all the members of an electorate on an important public question such as a change in the constitution

circumlocution (n.) — the use of many words where fewer would do, especially in a deliberate attempt to be vague or evasive


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