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impassioned - (of speech) filled with passion; fervent
piety - devoutness; reverence for God; ADJ. pious
lexicographer - compiler of a dictionary; CF. lexicography: work of compiling a dictionary
actuate - motivate; activate; cause to act
substantive - substantial; essential; pertaining to the substance; substantial; considerable; Ex. substantive issues
spendthrift - someone who wastes money; CF. thrift: accumulated wealth
acrid - bitter (to the taste or smell); sharp; bitterly pungent
augury - omen; prophecy; sign of coming events; V. augur: predict; foretell; be a sign of (something in future)
balk - stop short, as if faced with an obstacle, and refuse to continue; foil; stop or get in the way of; frustrate
forge - counterfeit; reproduce fraudulently; form by heating in a forge and hammering into shape; move with a sudden increase of speed or power; Ex. forged ahead in the last two years; N: furnace where metals are heated