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veer - change in direction; swerve
parochial - narrow in scope or outlook; provincial; related to parishes
allege - state without proof
hone - sharpen (a tool); N: whetstone for sharpening a tool
nostrum - questionable medicine; quack medicine; CF. our (remedy)
insolence - impudent disrespect; haughtiness; ADJ. insolent; CF. haughty + rude
diva - operatic singer; prima donna
gloss - brief explanation note or translation of a difficult expression; V.
rebus - representation of words in the form of pictures or symbols; puzzle in which pictures or letters stand for words; Ex. ``R U 18'' is a rebus for ``Are you 18''.
contagion - infection (by contact); ADJ. contagious; CF. infectious: that can be passed by infection in the air