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bifurcated - divided into two branches; forked
ellipsis - omission of words from a text; mark used to indicate an omission (when the meaning can be understood without them); PL. ellipses
functional - made for practical use only (without decoration); functioning; Ex. functional modern furniture; CF. functionalism
warrant - justification; written order that serves as authorization (esp. a judicial writ); Ex. search/death warrant; V: justify; guarantee
idiosyncrasy - individual trait usually odd in nature; behavioral peculiarity; eccentricity; attitude, behavior, or opinion peculiar to a person; anything highly individual or eccentric; ADJ. idiosyncratic
dowdy - untidy (of a woman or clothes); slovenly; dressed in an unattractive way; shabby; CF. unattractive woman
compelling - overpowering; irresistible in effect; holding one's attention; that compels one to do something; Ex. a compelling adventure story; V. compel
elixir - cure-all; panacea; something invigorating
panoramic - denoting an unobstructed and comprehensive view; N. panorama: unbroken view of a wide area
piecemeal - one part at a time; gradually; in stages; Ex. read a novel piecemeal