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::: perigee - point of moon's orbit when it is nearest the earth; CF. apogee
::: argot - slang; speech spoken by only a small group of people
::: residue - remainder; balance
::: oratorio - dramatic poem set to music; long musical work with singing but without acting; CF. cantata
::: prefatory - introductory; of a preface
::: affinity - feeling of kinship; similarity; Ex. strong affinity for her; Ex. many affinities between two languages
::: preeminent - outstanding; superior
::: cloying - distasteful (because excessive); excessively sweet or sentimental; V. cloy: become unpleasant through too much sweetness or excess
::: extrude - force or push out; thrust out; shape (plastic or metal) by forcing through a die
::: benediction - blessing