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::: pedant - scholar who overemphasizes book learning, trivial details of learning, or technicalities
::: ellipsis - omission of words from a text; mark used to indicate an omission (when the meaning can be understood without them); PL. ellipses
::: hegemony - dominance especially of one nation over others
::: chameleon - lizard that changes color in different situations
::: rally - come or bring together; call up or summon (forces, vital powers, etc.); revive or recuperate (after illness or difficulty); N: act of rallying; mass gathering
::: savory - pleasant in taste; tasty; pleasing, attractive, or agreeable; Ex. savory reputation
::: beset - harass or trouble from all directions; hem in
::: vicarious - experienced as if one were taking part in the experience of another; done by a deputy for other people; acting as a substitute; Ex. vicarious thrill at the movies; Ex. the vicarious sufferings of Christ
::: occlude - shut; close; obstruct; Ex. A blood clot occluded an artery.
::: rubble - fragments (esp. from a destroyed building)