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::: madrigal - pastoral song; song for several singers without instruments
::: obstetrician - physician specializing in delivery(assisting in giving birth) of babies; N. obstetrics; CF. midwife
::: gracious - kind in a generous way (to someone less important)
::: plagiarize - steal another's ideas or writings and pass them off as one's own; Ex. ideas plagiarized from my article; N. plagiarism; CF. kidnap
::: conscript - draftee; person forced into military service; V.
::: archaic - antiquated; no longer used; belonging to the past; N.
::: horoscope - diagram of the positions of stars at a given moment (eg. of a person's birth) used by astrologers
::: reprieve - postponement or cancelation of a punishment; temporary stay; V: postpone or cancel the punishment of
::: smudge - dirty mark with unclear edges made by rubbing; V.
::: haggard - wasted away; gaunt; Ex. haggard faces of the rescued miners