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mercantile - concerning trade or merchants
sibylline - prophetic; oracular; N. sibyl: woman prophet (in the ancient world)
hindsight - understanding the nature of an event after it has actually happened
halting - hesitant; faltering; not fluent; Ex. halting steps/voice; V. halt: proceed or act with uncertainty; falter; hesitate; waver; stop
caulk - (calk) make watertight (by blocking up cracks as in a ship)
postmortem - autopsy; ADJ: occurring after death; of a postmortem
mincing - affectedly dainty(delicate); V. mince: cut (esp. meat) into very small pieces; walk with exaggerated primness; walk in an unnatural way, taking little short steps; Ex. The actor minced across the stage; CF. mincemeat; CF. mincer
quash - crush; suppress; squash; subdue; annul; Ex. quash a rebellion/the decision of the low court
libel - defamatory written statement; act of writing something that smears a person's character; V. ADJ. libelous
fresco - painting on wet plaster (usually fresh)