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terminus - last stop of railroad; end
sidetrack - switch (a railroad car) to a siding; divert from a main issue; N. CF. siding: short section of railroad track connected by switches with a main track
fancier - breeder or dealer of animals; one who has a special interest, as for raising specific plant or animal
iridescent - exhibiting rainbowlike colors; Ex. iridescent oil slick; N. iridescence
distill - refine (a liquid by evaporating and subsequent condensation); concentrate; separate the most important parts from; Ex. distill fresh water from sea water; CF. brew
controvert - oppose with arguments; attempt to refute; contradict; ADJ. controversial; N. controversy
pharisaical - pertaining to the Pharisees, who paid scrupulous attention to tradition; self-righteous; hypocritical
soothsayer - one who foretells the future
pallid - pale; wan; Ex. pallid complexion
profane - violate; desecrate (something holy); treat unworthily; be profane for; ADJ: secular; nonreligious; irreverent for holy things