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rococo - ornate; highly decorated; N. CF. 18th century
dilute - make (a liquid) less concentrated; reduce in strength; Ex. dilute the influence of the president
disfigure - mar the appearance of; spoil
candor - frankness; open honesty; ADJ. candid
malingerer - one who feigns illness to escape duty; V. malinger: feign illness to avoid work
raconteur - story-teller; one who tells stories with wit and skill
gorge - stuff oneself (with food); glut; CF. gorgeous: dazzlingly beautiful
sobriety - moderation (especially regarding indulgence in alcohol); seriousness
sheathe - place into a case; insert into or provide with a sheath; Ex. He sheathed his dagger; N. sheath: case for a blade
flourish - grow well; prosper; make sweeping gestures; wave; brandish; Ex. The trees flourished in the sun. N: showy movement or gesture; embellishment or ornamentation (esp. in handwriting)