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substantive - substantial; essential; pertaining to the substance; substantial; considerable; Ex. substantive issues
inane - silly; senseless; Ex. inane remarks; N. inanity
pigment - coloring matter (usually powder to be mixed with water or oil)
perverse - purposely continuing to do something wrong; stubbornly wrongheaded; perverted; directed away from what is right; wicked and unacceptable; Ex. perverse satisfaction; Ex. Hannibal Lecter in a perverse mood; N. perversity
gerrymander - change voting district lines in order to favor a political party; N. CF. Elbridge Gerry + (sala)mander
holster - leather pistol case (that hangs on a belt around the waist)
retinue - following; attendants
balk - stop short, as if faced with an obstacle, and refuse to continue; foil; stop or get in the way of; frustrate
apologist - one who writes in defense of a cause or institution; N. apologia
draught - current of air (through a room or to a fire); act of pulling roads; act of swallowing liquid or amount of liquid swallowed at a time