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jest - playful remark or act; V. act or speak playfully
astringent - binding; causing contraction (stopping bleeding); harsh or severe; stringent; Ex. astringent criticism
import - significance; importance; meaning
appreciate - be thankful for; increase in worth; be thoroughly conscious of; ADJ. appreciable: enough to be felt; Ex. appreciable difference
fanaticism - excessive zeal; extreme devotion to a belief or cause; N. fanatic; ADJ. fanatic
earmark - set aside (money or time) for a particular purpose
reproach - blame (not angrily but sadly); express disapproval or disappointment; N. ADJ. reproachful
commandeer - take (private property) for military use without needing permission or giving payment; draft for military purposes
elicit - draw out fact or information (by discussion or from someone)
philistine - narrow-minded person, uncultured and exclusively interested in material gain; uncultured person who is indifferent to artistic and cultural values; member of an ancient people in Palestine; OP. aesthete