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obstreperous - boisterous; noisy and uncontrollable
carat - (karat) unit of weight for precious stones; measure of the purity of gold
commemorate - honor the memory of; serve as a memorial to; Ex. commemorate the 100th anniversary/those who died in the war
caucus - private meeting of a group of people in a political party to select officers or determine policy; CF. the Caucus club of Boston
stentorian - (of the voice) extremely loud; CF. Stentor: a loud herald in the Iliad
avuncular - of or like an uncle
whorl - ring of leaves around stem; ring; circular arrangement; Ex. whorls on the fingers
grate - make a harsh noise; have an unpleasant effect; shred by rubbing against a rough surface; Ex. grated cheese N: framework of metal bars to hold fuel in a fireplace
tangential - only slightly connected; not central; peripheral; digressing; showing divergence; CF. tangent
iconoclastic - attacking cherished traditions; N. iconoclast: one who attacks traditional ideas; one who destroys sacred images