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sextant - navigation tool used to determine a ship's latitude and longitude (by measuring the altitudes of stars)
poignancy - quality of being deeply moving; keenness of emotion; ADJ. poignant: touching; deeply moving; (of sorrow, grief, etc.) painful; keenly distressing to the mind; Ex. poignant memory/anxiety; CF. prick
mercurial - capricious; quick and changing; fickle; containing the element mercury; Ex. mercurial temper; CF. mood
atone - make amends for; pay for; Ex. atone for
fractious - unruly; peevish; cranky; bad-tempered; Ex. fractious horse
diatribe - bitter scolding or denunciation; invective; abuse
tenuous - thin; slim; rare
accolade - award of merit; strong praise and approval
unctuous - oily; bland; insincerely suave
fawning - courting favor by cringing and flattering; V. fawn: exhibit affection as a dog; seek favor or attention by obsequiousness