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gerrymander - change voting district lines in order to favor a political party; N. CF. Elbridge Gerry + (sala)mander
innocuous - harmless
swarthy - (of a skin or complexion) dark; dusky; Ex. swarthy Italian ?
oracular - of an oracle; prophetic; uttered as if with divine authority; mysterious or ambiguous; hard to understand; N. oracle: wiser person; prophecy made by an oracle
florid - ruddy; (of a complexion) reddish; flowery; very ornate; CF. rose
alacrity - cheerful promptness without reluctance
bouillon - clear beef (or meat) soup
requiem - mass for the dead; dirge
sophisticated - worldly wise and urbane; refined; complex; N. sophistication; V. sophisticate
preponderance - superiority of power, quantity, etc.; V. preponderate: be greater in power, weight, or importance; ADJ. preponderant