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cogent - convincing
lumen - unit of light energy (one candle's worth)
exertion - effort; expenditure of much physical work; V. exert oneself: make a great effort
healthful - conducive to good health; Ex. healthful mountain air
furtive - stealthy; quiet and secret (trying to escape notice); sneaky; Ex. furtive glance
infidel - unbeliever (with respect to a particular religion)
dire - warning of disaster; disastrous; (of needs and dangers) very great; urgent; Ex. dire prediction/need of food
chaperon - older person who accompanies and supervises a young unmarried woman
sybarite - lover of luxury; person devoted to pleasure and luxury; CF. Sybaris: an ancient Greek city in Italy
smattering - slight knowledge; small scattered number or amount; Ex. smattering of German