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pontifical - pertaining to a bishop or pope; pompous or pretentious; CF. pontiff: pope; bishop
retrospective - looking back on the past; N. retrospection; V. retrospect
dowry - money or property brought by a bride to her husband at marriage
nemesis - someone seeking revenge; source of downfall or ruin; CF. Nemesis
institution - instituting; (building for the) organization; established custom, practice, or relationship in a society; mental hospital; Ex. institution of marriage
obituary - death notice (esp. in a newspaper); ADJ.
philistine - narrow-minded person, uncultured and exclusively interested in material gain; uncultured person who is indifferent to artistic and cultural values; member of an ancient people in Palestine; OP. aesthete
baleful - evil; malignant in intent or effect; deadly; having a malign influence; portending evil; ominous; threatening; Ex. baleful look
scorch - sear; N.
disclaim - disown; renounce claim to; deny; CF. disclaimer