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::: mincing - affectedly dainty(delicate); V. mince: cut (esp. meat) into very small pieces; walk with exaggerated primness; walk in an unnatural way, taking little short steps; Ex. The actor minced across the stage; CF. mincemeat; CF. mincer
::: fathom - comprehend; investigate; determine the depth of; N. unit of measurement for the depth of water
::: vicissitude - change (esp. from good to bad); change of fortune; CF. the last emperor of China
::: bureaucracy - overregulated administrative system marked by red tape; ADJ. bureaucratic
::: obsidian - black volcanic rock
::: emollient - soothing or softening remedy (for the skin); ADJ.
::: prate - talk idly; speak foolishly; boast idly
::: dichotomy - division into two opposite parts; split; branching into two parts (especially contradictory ones)
::: festive - joyous; celebratory; relating to a feast or festival
::: dire - warning of disaster; disastrous; (of needs and dangers) very great; urgent; Ex. dire prediction/need of food