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ratiocination - reasoning; act of drawing conclusions from premises; V. ratiocinate: reason logically
disjointed - disconnected; lacking coherence; V. disjoint: disconnect; disjoin
sullen - silently showing ill humor or resentment; dark; gloomy
nicety - precision; accuracy; minute distinction or difference; Ex. to a nicety: exactly; precisely; Ex. distinguish between niceties
sodden - thoroughly soaked; dull or stupid as if from drink
subaltern - subordinate
servitude - slavery; compulsory labor imposed as a punishment
prize - pry; move with a lever; value highly; esteem; Ex. his most prized possession; N: something captured during war-time (esp. an enemy ship)
usurp - seize another's power or rank (without legal authority); supplant; appropriate; N. usurpation; CF. take for one's own use
chase - ornament a metal surface by indenting; follow rapidly to catch