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PAEAN

PRONUNCIATION: (PEE-uhn)

MEANING: noun: An expression of praise, joy, or triumph, typically in the form of a song.
verb tr.: To make such an expression.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin paean, from Greek paian (hymn of thanksgiving to Apollo), after Paian, Paion (epithet of Apollo in the hymn). Earliest documented use: 1592.
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P.A. DAN - few people know he was a Physicians Assistant before he became Doctor Dan, the Band-Aid Man

PANE AN - designating the top row, fourteenth window over

PRE-AN- - in the encyclopedia, that would be AM, yes?

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RUSTICATE

PRONUNCIATION: (RUS-ti-kayt)

MEANING: verb intr.: 1. To go to or live in the country.
2. To live or spend time in seclusion.
verb tr.: 1. To send to the country.
2. To suspend (a student) from a university as a punishment.
3. To make rustic or rural.
4. To make something, such as a masonry surface, rough, textured, jagged, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin rusticari (to live in the country), from rus (country). Earliest documented use: 1660.
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RUSTIC MATE - the farmer's wife

RUSTIGATE - that's why it squeaks

RASTICATE - to convert to a Jamaican religion

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FLAGELLATE

PRONUNCIATION: verb: FLAJ-uh-layt; adj.: FLAJ-uh-lit/layt)

MEANING: verb tr.: To punish, especially by whipping.
noun: An organism having a whip-like appendage that’s used for locomotion, such as swimming.
adjective: Relating to such an organism.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin flagellare (to whip), from flagellum (whip), diminutive of flagrum (whip). Earliest documented use: 1623.
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FLAG ELATE - rapturously patriotic

PLAGELLATE - like a stretch of French shoreline mostly covered by sandy beach

FLAG "EL LATTE" - to feature Starbuck's latest specialty coffee

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MOLLIFY

PRONUNCIATION: (MOL-uh-fy)

MEANING: verb tr.:
1. To pacify or appease.
2. To soften or reduce, as in intensity.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin mollis (soft). Earliest documented use: 1425.
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MOLL IFFY - gangster's girl is uncommitted

POLLIFY - to survey people's opinions

MALLIFY - to convert a neighborhood to a shopping center

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QUILLET

PRONUNCIATION: (KWIL-it)

MEANING: verb intr.: To quibble.
noun: A subtlety or quibble.

ETYMOLOGY: Of uncertain origin, perhaps short for quillity, an alteration of quiddity. Earliest documented use: 1576.
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QUIDLET - one Pound Sterling after dieting (or inflation)

QUILLETH - to write with a feather pen, 3rd person singular

SQUILLET - a small asparagus. (Per Wikipedia: "Squill · Drimia maritima, a medicinal plant native to the Mediterranean...," part of a genus of about 50 to 80 species of bulb-forming perennial herbaceous plants in the family Asparagaceae...)

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FLEER

PRONUNCIATION: (fleer)

MEANING: verb intr.: To laugh in a derisive manner.
noun: A mocking look.

ETYMOLOGY: Perhaps of Scandinavian origin. Earliest documented use: 1400.
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FLUER - chimney-sweep

GLEER - one who sings at parties

FLEVER - a febrile condition that makes you cry out loud

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DEFROCK

PRONUNCIATION: (dee-FROK)

MEANING: verb tr.: To remove from a position of authority, privilege, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: From French défroquer (to defrock), from de- (away) + froc (frock, gown, coat), alluding to frock (habit) worn by members of the clergy. Earliest documented use: 1600.
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DEFLOCK - Bo-Peep was the victim of a scam

DE-FRACK - the aim of many environmentalists

DIE FROCK - an informal German dress, similar to a Dirndl

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DIVEST

PRONUNCIATION: (di/duh/dy-VEST)

MEANING: verb tr.:
1. To remove, give up, or sell off.
2. To take away or deprive.
3. To strip of clothing, ornament, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: From Old French desvestir (to undress), from Latin divestire, from di- (away) + vestire (to dress), from vestis (garment). Earliest documented use: 1616.
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D-INVEST - put the right money in

DI BEST - Italian superlative

DO I VEST? - Should I put on my waistcoat?

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TRAVESTY

PRONUNCIATION: (TRAV-uh-stee)

MEANING: noun: 1. Mockery.
2. A debased or grotesque imitation.
verb tr.: 1. To represent in a false or absurd manner.
2. To caricature or parody.

ETYMOLOGY: From French travesti (in disguise), past participle of travestir (to disguise, to cross-dress), from Italian travestire, from tra- (across), from Latin trans- + vestire (to dress). Earliest documented use: 1664.
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BRAVESTY - a Deed of Derring-Do

TRAVESTO - that fantastic new magician you've heard so much about

TRA-VESTRY - the room where members of the Choir put on their robes

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REVET

PRONUNCIATION: (ri-VET)

MEANING: verb tr.:
1. To cover a wall, embankment, etc., with masonry or other supporting material.
2. To recheck or reexamine.

ETYMOLOGY: For 1: From French revêtir (to dress), from Latin revestire, from re- (again) + vestire (to clothe). Earliest documented use: 1751.
For 2: From re- (again) + vet (to check), shortening of veterinarian. Earliest documented use: 1940.
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REVENT - put in another window

PREVET - planning on a career in animal husbandry

REVETO - to put the kibosh on for the second time

R.E.O. VET - having survived his encounter with Mr Olds's vehicle, he thought he'd be able to handle Mr Ford's without a problem

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