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illuminate - brighten; clear up or make understandable; enlighten; enable to understand; Ex. illuminating remarks
poseur - person who pretends to be sophisticated, elegant, etc., to impress others; person who poses; CF. pose
libel - defamatory written statement; act of writing something that smears a person's character; V. ADJ. libelous
castigation - punishment; severe criticism or disapproval
magnate - person of prominence or influence; powerful or influential person (in business or industry); Ex. oil magnate
diffidence - shyness; lack of self-confidence; timidity; ADJ. diffident
existential - pertaining to existence; pertaining to the philosophy of existentialism
chary - cautious; unwilling to take risks; sparing or restrained about giving; OP. bold
austere - forbiddingly stern; ascetic; without comfort or enjoyment; severely simple and unornamented; Ex. a monk's austere life; Ex. austere grandeur of the cathedral; N. austerity
phenomena - observable facts; subjects of scientific investigation; SG. phenomenon: observable fact; very unusual person, thing, or event; marvel; wonder; CF. phenomenons; ADJ. phenomenal: very unusual; extraordinary; of a phenomenon; Ex. phenomenal strength