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austere - forbiddingly stern; ascetic; without comfort or enjoyment; severely simple and unornamented; Ex. a monk's austere life; Ex. austere grandeur of the cathedral; N. austerity
militate - work against; Ex. militate against the chances of promotion; CF. serve as a soldier
insolence - impudent disrespect; haughtiness; ADJ. insolent; CF. haughty + rude
bugaboo - bugbear; object of baseless terror
prank - mischievous trick
inopportune - untimely; inappropriate or ill-timed; poorly chosen
prize - pry; move with a lever; value highly; esteem; Ex. his most prized possession; N: something captured during war-time (esp. an enemy ship)
perspicuous - (of something) plainly expressed; easy to understand; Ex. perspicuous comments
atheistic - denying the existence of God; N. atheism
pique - irritation; resentment from wounded pride (eg. loss in a contest); V: provoke; arouse; annoy; cause to feel resentment; Ex. pique her curiosity