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orifice - mouthlike opening; small opening (esp. to a cavern or passage of the body); CF. mouth
spatula - broad-bladed instrument used for spreading or mixing
derogatory - expressing a low opinion; disparaging; V. derogate: detract; disparage
ostracize - banish from a group; exclude from public favor; ban; Ex. His friends ostracized him. N. ostracism
maelstrom - violent whirlpool; violent or tublent situation; CF. stream
penance - self-imposed punishment for sin; Ex. do penance for one's sins; CF. penitent
innovation - change; something newly introduced; introduction of something new; V. innovate: begin or introduce (something new); be creative; ADJ. innovative
preen - make oneself tidy in appearance; feel self-satisfaction or pride; (of a bird) smooth or clean (feathers) with the beak; Ex. preen oneself on; CF. prune
noncommittal - neutral; refusing commitment to a particular opinion; unpledged; undecided
rectify - set right; correct; CF. rect-: right