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foppish - vain about dress and appearance; N. fop: man who takes too much interest in his clothes and appearance
continence - self-restraint; sexual chastity; sexual abstinence; voluntary control over bladder and bowel functions; ADJ. continent
maxim - proverb; truth pithily stated
warrant - justification; written order that serves as authorization (esp. a judicial writ); Ex. search/death warrant; V: justify; guarantee
precedent - something preceding in time which may be used as an authority or guide for future action; V. precede; CF. unprecedented
crust - hard outer covering (as of earth or snow)
excoriate - scold with biting harshness; censure strongly; strip the skin off
rotund - (of a person) fat and round
defer - give in respectfully; submit; delay till later; exempt temporarily; N. deferment; CF. show respect, comply with, courteous
slack - moving slowly; sluggish; inactive; (of a rope) loose; negligent; lax; Ex. slack season; Ex. slack in one's work; N. V.