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rationalize - make rational; devise false reasons for (one's behavior); offer an excuse; give a plausible reason for an action in place of a true, less admirable ones; N. rationalization
refurbish - renovate; make clean, bright, or fresh (make new) again; make bright by polishing; Ex. refurbish an old theater; CF. furbish: polish
countermand - cancel; revoke (an order)
pretension - pretentiousness; claim (without foundation); Ex. I make no pretensions to skill as an artist.
intolerant - not willing to accept ways of thinking different from one's own; CF. tolerant; CF. tolerate
incumbent - obligatory; imposed as an obligation; currently holding an office; N: person who holds an office
diverse - differing in some characteristics (from each other); various; N. diversity: variety; dissimilitude; lack of resemblance
Machiavellian - crafty; double-dealing; of the political doctrine of Machiavelli, which holds that craft and deceit are justified in pursuing political power
refectory - dining hall; room where meals are served (in a school)
reprise - musical repetition; repeating of a piece of music; repeat performance; recurrent action; Ex. reprise in the finale; Ex. constant reprises