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::: ribald - marked by vulgar lewd humor; wanton; profane; N. ribaldry: ribald language or joke
::: flinch - hesitate; shrink back (in fear of something unpleasant); Ex. She did not flinch in the face of danger.
::: sonic - of sound or its speed in air; CF. subsonic, supersonic
::: dexterous - skillful; skill in using hands or mind; N. dexterity
::: hedonist - one who believes that pleasure is the sole aim in life; CF. hedonism: practice of living one's life purely for pleasure
::: overture - musical introduction to a long musical piece; first offer or proposal (to begin talks in the hope of reaching an agreement); Ex. overtures for peace
::: florid - ruddy; (of a complexion) reddish; flowery; very ornate; CF. rose
::: suspense - state of being undecided; anxiety or apprehension resulting from uncertainty
::: prehensile - capable of grasping or holding (esp. by wrapping around); Ex. prehensile tails
::: posthumous - after death (as of child born after father's death or book published after author's death); coming or occurring after one's death; Ex. posthumous fame/novel