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whittle - pare; cut away thin bits (from wood); fashion in this way; reduce gradually; trim
gustatory - affecting or relating to the sense of taste
lackluster - lacking luster(shine; gloss); dull
humor - indulge; comply with the wishes of; N. quality that makes something amusing; state of mind; mood; Ex. in a bad humor; Ex. out of humor
arrears - being in debt; money that should have been paid; work that should have been done
warrant - justification; written order that serves as authorization (esp. a judicial writ); Ex. search/death warrant; V: justify; guarantee
comeback - retort; quick clever reply; return to former status
pugilist - boxer; CF. pugilism: boxing
pseudonym - pen name; fictitious name assumed by an author; ADJ. pseudonymous
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.