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genus - division of animals or plants, below a family and above a species
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
provocative - arousing anger or sexual interest; annoying; Ex. provocative in tight jeans; V. provoke: incite to anger; cause (an unpleasant action or feeling); N. provocation
rile - irritate; vex; muddy
arduous - hard; strenuous; Ex. arduous work
beneficiary - person entitled to benefits or proceeds of an insurance policy or will
amnesty - pardon (allowed by government to political criminals)
penance - self-imposed punishment for sin; Ex. do penance for one's sins; CF. penitent
sartorial - pertaining to tailors or tailoring; Ex. a man of great sartorial elegance; CF. sartor: tailor
sear - burn the surface of; char or burn; brand; parch; cause (a plant) to wither