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explicate - explain in detail; interpret; clarify; CF. explicable
hieroglyphic - picture writing; ADJ.
meticulous - excessively careful (with great attention to detail); painstaking; scrupulous
impasse - predicament(dangerous condition) from which there is no escape; situation allowing for no further progress
torpor - lethargy; sluggishness; dormancy; ADJ. torpid: lethargic; lazy; inactive; (of an animal) dormant; hibernating
diminution - lessening; reduction in size; V. diminish
distinction - honor; excellence; difference; contrast; discrimination; Ex. graduated with distinction; Ex. a writer of real distinction
repulse - reject with rudeness or coldness (an offer or friendship); drive back (an enemy attack); CF. repulse $\neq$ cause repulsion
modicum - limited quantity; small amount; Ex. He does not have a modicum of sense; CF. moderate
frugality - thrift; economy; ADJ. frugal: practicing economy; costing little; inexpensive