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shard - fragment generally of broken pottery (glass, clay bowl, or cup)
alloy - mixture as of metals; something added that lowers in value or purity; V: mix; make less pure; lower in value or quality; spoil; CF. unalloyed: not in mixture with other maetals; pure; complete; unqualified; Ex. unalloyed happiness
arbiter - person with power to decide a matter in dispute; judge who is in a position ot make influential judgments; Ex. supreme arbiter of fashion in beachware
expropriate - take possession of (often for public use and without payment)
rectitude - moral correctness; moral uprightness; moral virtue; correctness of judgment
effeminate - having womanly traits
earthly - of this earth; terrestrial; worldly; not divine; possible; Ex. no earthly reason
metallurgical - pertaining to the art of removing metals from ores; N. metallurgy: science that deals with extracting metals from ores
disconcert - confuse; upset; embarrass; perturb
squalor - condition of being squalid; filth; degradation; dirty neglected state; ADJ. squalid: dirty; sordid; morally repulsive; Ex. squalid story