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::: osseous - made of bone; bony
::: confidant - (confidante) trusted friend (to whom one tells one's secret)
::: foster - rear; bring up (for a certain period only); encourage; promote the development of (feelings or ideas); Ex. help foster friendly relations; ADJ: giving parental care although not related by blood; Ex. foster parents
::: plumb - exactly vertical; N: weight on the end of a line; V: examine very carefully or critically in order to understand; measure depth (by sounding); Ex. plumb the depth of
::: cynical - skeptical or distrustful of human motives; N. cynicism; CF. cynic: person who believes all people are motivated by selfishness
::: irrelevant - not applicable; unrelated
::: litigation - lawsuit; N. litigant: one party in a lawsuit; V. litigate
::: acoustics - science of sound; quality that makes a room easy or hard to hear in
::: labyrinth - maze
::: pretentious - ostentatious; showy; pompous; making unjustified claims; overambitious; Ex. pretentious films that claim to be art