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::: herpetologist - one who studies reptiles; CF. herpetology: branch of zoology that deals with reptiles and amphibians
::: gust - strong abrupt rush of wind; V. CF. bluster
::: profane - violate; desecrate (something holy); treat unworthily; be profane for; ADJ: secular; nonreligious; irreverent for holy things
::: subpoena - writ(written command issued by a court) summoning a witness to appear in court; V: summon with a subpoena
::: humdrum - dull; monotonous
::: disperse - scatter; Ex. disperse the cloud/crowd
::: vying - contending; CF. vie
::: condescend - (derog.) bestow courtesies with a superior air; descend to the level of one considered inferior
::: denotation - meaning; distinguishing by name; V. denote: indicate; refer to directly; mean; CF. connotation
::: concede - admit; acknowledge as being true (often reluctantly); yield; grant; Ex. concede a goal