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foliage - masses of leaves; CF. defoliate
amnesia - loss of memory
pedestal - support or base as for a pillar or statue
parry - ward off a blow; deflect; Ex. He parried the unwelcome question very skillfully; N. CF.
buffet - strike forcefully; slap; batter; knock out; N: table with food set out for people to server themselves; meal at which people help themselves to food that's been set
subtlety - perceptiveness; ingenuity; delicacy; ADJ. subtle: delicate; so slight as to be difficult to detect; able to make fine distinctions; clever; Ex. subtle mind/differences in meaning
apologist - one who writes in defense of a cause or institution; N. apologia
firebrand - piece of burning wood; hothead; troublemaker; person who stirs up trouble
mock - ridicule; deride; imitate often in derision
charlatan - quack; pretender to knowledge (esp. in medicine)