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etymology - study of word parts; study of the origins of words
soporific - sleep-causing; marked by sleepiness; drowsy
buffoon - stupid person; clown
ostracize - banish from a group; exclude from public favor; ban; Ex. His friends ostracized him. N. ostracism
collate - examine and compare in order to verify authenticity; arrange in order (the sheets of a book before they are bound)
efficacy - power to produce desired effect; ADJ. efficacious: effectual
liquidate - settle accounts; pay off (a debt); clear up; eliminate; kill or abolish
encumber - burden; N. encumbrance
plasticity - ability to be molded; ADJ. plastic: capable of being shaped or molded; Ex. plastic material such as clay
flay - strip off skin; plunder; remove the skin from; criticize harshly