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::: austere - forbiddingly stern; ascetic; without comfort or enjoyment; severely simple and unornamented; Ex. a monk's austere life; Ex. austere grandeur of the cathedral; N. austerity
::: pejorative - (of a word or phrase) suggesting that someone is of little value; negative in connotation; having a belittling effect; Ex. Many women now considers ``housewife'' a pejorative expression, because it patronized them.
::: dissertation - formal essay; treatise
::: gape - open widely; open the mouth wide; stare wonderingly with the mouth open; CF. agape
::: anvil - iron block used in hammering out metals
::: garrulous - loquacious; wordy; talkative; N. garrulity
::: magisterial - authoritative; imperious; commanding; of a magistrate; Ex. magisterial study of Roman law; Ex. magisterial manner
::: impropriety - improperness; unsuitableness
::: cantankerous - ill-humored; irritable
::: sumptuous - grand suggesting great expense; lavish; rich; Ex. sumptuous feast