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apparition - ghost; phantom
disparage - belittle
sobriety - moderation (especially regarding indulgence in alcohol); seriousness
exact - demand and obtain by force; Ex. exact a promise from him; N. exaction
niggle - spend too much time on minor points (esp. when finding fault); find fault; Ex. niggle over details; ADJ. niggling
belie - contradict; give a false impression; disguise; Ex. The poor sales belied our high hopes; Ex. Her smile belies her true feeling of displeasure.
cerebral - pertaining to the brain or intellect; intellectual rather than emotional; CF. cerebrum
surrogate - substitute; person or thing used in place of another; Ex. surrogate mother; ADJ.
hypochondriac - person unduly worried about his health; worrier without cause about illness; ADJ. CF. hypochondria: neurosis that one is or is becoming ill; CF. abdomen
beholden - obligated; indebted; owing thanks; obliged or indebted from gratitude