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factotum - handyman; person who does all kinds of work; CF. do everything
restive - impatiently restless (induced by external coercion or restriction); restlessly impatient; obstinately resisting control; Ex. restive horses because of wolves; CF. not a general synonym for `restless'
franchise - right or privilege granted by authority; right to vote; license to sell a product in a particular territory
assurance - firm statement that something is certainly true; promise or pledge; certainty; confidence in one's own ability; self-confidence; Ex. In spite of all his assurances, he did not come back; Ex. assurance of his loyalty; Ex. The teacher lacked assurance in fron of his class; V. assure; tell firmly with confidence; ensure; make (something) certain to heappen; make (someone) feel sure; give confidence to; ADJ. assured: self-assured; confident in one's own ability; showing certainty
expeditious - done with speed; quick; N. expedition
functional - made for practical use only (without decoration); functioning; Ex. functional modern furniture; CF. functionalism
vicarious - experienced as if one were taking part in the experience of another; done by a deputy for other people; acting as a substitute; Ex. vicarious thrill at the movies; Ex. the vicarious sufferings of Christ
temperate - moderate; restrained; self-controlled; moderate in respect to temperature; CF. temperance: moderation and self-restraint; abstinence of alcoholic drinks; Ex. temperance society
historical - connected with history; based on events in history (whether regarded as important or not)
bane - posion; cause of ruin; ADJ. baneful: harmful; poisonous