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denotation - meaning; distinguishing by name; V. denote: indicate; refer to directly; mean; CF. connotation
callus - area of thick hard skin
quip - taunt; clever sarcastic remark; V.
negligence - neglect; failure to take reasonable care; ADJ. negligent: neglectful; lax; not taking enough care
franchise - right or privilege granted by authority; right to vote; license to sell a product in a particular territory
perverse - purposely continuing to do something wrong; stubbornly wrongheaded; perverted; directed away from what is right; wicked and unacceptable; Ex. perverse satisfaction; Ex. Hannibal Lecter in a perverse mood; N. perversity
emollient - soothing or softening remedy (for the skin); ADJ.
portend - foretell; presage; be a sign or warning of; N. portent: sign; omen; forewarning
minutiae - petty or trivial details; CF. minutia
totem - animal, plant, or natural object serving as a symbol of a clan or family; representation of this; Ex. totem pole