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aureole - sun's corona; halo; bright circle of light
travail - strenuous work; toil; painful labor; labor of childbirth
shirk - avoid (responsibility, work, etc.); malinger
pejorative - (of a word or phrase) suggesting that someone is of little value; negative in connotation; having a belittling effect; Ex. Many women now considers ``housewife'' a pejorative expression, because it patronized them.
gape - open widely; open the mouth wide; stare wonderingly with the mouth open; CF. agape
fluted - having vertical parallel grooves (as in a pillar); V. flute: make long parallel inward curves in; N. flute: long rounded groove incised on the shaft of a column
foster - rear; bring up (for a certain period only); encourage; promote the development of (feelings or ideas); Ex. help foster friendly relations; ADJ: giving parental care although not related by blood; Ex. foster parents
harping - tiresome dwelling on a subject; V. harp: dwell on(think or speak a lot about) tediously
nauseous - causing nausea; feeling nausea
browbeat - bully; intimidate