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grill - question severely; cook on a grill; broil; N: cooking surface of parallel metal bars
context - writings preceding and following the passage quoted; circumstance in which an event occurs
gauche - clumsy (in social behavior); coarse and uncouth
inroad - hostile invasion; advance that lessens the quantity or difficulty of something; Ex. The long illness made serious inroads on his savings; CF. raid
sanguine - optimistic; cheerful; hopeful; of the color of blood; red
corpus - collection (of writings or information); Ex. the corpus of Shakespear's works; Cf. corpse
pharisaical - pertaining to the Pharisees, who paid scrupulous attention to tradition; self-righteous; hypocritical
centrifugal - radiating; departing from the center
flounder - struggle and thrash about; proceed clumsily or falter (as in water, mud, snow, etc.); proceed in confusion
philistine - narrow-minded person, uncultured and exclusively interested in material gain; uncultured person who is indifferent to artistic and cultural values; member of an ancient people in Palestine; OP. aesthete