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sextant - navigation tool used to determine a ship's latitude and longitude (by measuring the altitudes of stars)
centrifugal - radiating; departing from the center
predicament - difficult situation; tricky or dangerous situation; dilemma
novelty - something new; newness; ADJ. novel: new; original
gazette - official periodical publication; newspaper
supple - flexible; limber; pliant
nihilist - one who considers traditional beliefs to be groundless and existence meaningless; absolute skeptic; revolutionary terrorist; CF. nihilism: belief that nothing has meaning or value; belief that destruction of existing political or social institutions is necessary for future improvement
gargoyle - waterspout carved in grotesque figures on a building
transcendental - going beyond common thought or ideas; impossible to understand by practical experiences or practices; known only by studying thoughts or intuition; OP. empirical; CF. transcendentalism
maverick - rebel; nonconformist (in a group)