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troglodyte
(noun) 1. (ethnology) a person of a race of cave dwellers; 2. hence, any person of primitive or degraded ways of living
onus probandi
burden of proof
dowager
(noun) 1. (Eng. law) a widow having inherited property from a deceased husband; 2. a dignified elderly woman
palliate
(verb) 1. to mitigate pain without curing the underlying cause; 2. to excuse or extenuate
palliative
(adj) serving to mitigate; as, a drug. (noun) anything that acts in such a way
oratorio
(noun) (music) a dramatic, usu. Scriptural, text set to music
acidulous
(adj) 1. sour tasting; 2. bitter, cutting remarks
salacious
(adj) lascivious, lecherous
periphrasis
(noun) indirect and circuitous speech or writing
coprophiliac
(noun) someone having an abnormal interest in excrement
transmogrify
(verb) to change the appearance of something; esp. in a strange or grotesque way
slattern
(noun) a frowsy, unkempt woman
factotum
(noun) an employee with many, diverse activities
purblind
(adj) 1. (obs.) totally blind; 2. having poor vision; 3. slow in understanding
muniment
(noun) (law) a document of record; as, a deed or charter
supposititious
(adj) 1. fradulently substituted for something else; counterfeit; 2. based on surmise rather than adequate evidence
fettle
(noun) condition of health or fitness
palimpsest
(noun) a parchment that has been used two or three times, the earlier writing erased
palindrome
(noun) a word or sentence that reads the same forward and backwards
scrimshanker
(noun) (military, British, informal) a shirker