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compunction - remorse; strong uneasiness caused by guilt
homily - sermon; tedious moralizing lecture; serious warning; ADJ. homiletic
idiosyncrasy - individual trait usually odd in nature; behavioral peculiarity; eccentricity; attitude, behavior, or opinion peculiar to a person; anything highly individual or eccentric; ADJ. idiosyncratic
crescendo - increase in the volume or intensity as in a musical passage; climax; CF. crescent
provenance - place of origin; origin or source of something; Ex. Gunpowder is of Chinese provenance; CF. come
feature - distinctive part of the faces (as the eyes or mouth); features: overall appearance of the face; prominent or distinctive quality; prominent article; film; V: make prominent
summation - act of finding the total; summing-up; summary (esp. one given by the judge at the end of a trial)
mollycoddle - pamper; coddle; baby; indulge excessively
wring - twist (to extract liquid); extract by twisting; wrench painfully (necks or hands)
rostrum - raised platform for speech-making; pulpit