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::: cantata - story set to music to be sung by a chorus (shorter than an oratorio)
::: nebula - diffuse mass of interstellar dust or gas; galaxy
::: gadfly - animal-biting fly; irritating person
::: demur - object (because of doubts, scruples); raise an objection (showing qualms); hesitate; Ex. demur at the idea of working on Sunday
::: pessimism - belief that life is basically bad or evil; gloominess; tendency to take the gloomiest possible view of a situation; ADJ. pessimistic
::: inundate - flood; overflow; submerge; cover completely; Ex. inundated with work
::: lunar - pertaining to the moon
::: recast - reconstruct (a sentence, story, statue, etc.); fashion again
::: reciprocate - do or give something in return; repay in kind; give or take mutually; interchange; move backwards and forwards; Ex. reciprocate his invitation by inviting him; N. reciprocity: reciprocal relationship; mutual interchange of advantages between two groups; Ex. reciprocity in trading rights
::: sanctimonious - displaying ostentatious or hypocritical devoutness; N. sanctimony: hypocritical piety