Vocabulary

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quintessential- adj. representing the perfect example of a class or quality
pg. 48: "He couldn't help imagining Batman's butler, Alfred, or Colonel Pickering from My Fair Lady--some quintessential British stereotype as seen through American eyes.

pejorative- adj. having a disparaging, derogatory, or belittling effect or force
pg. 56: "'I assure you, the word barbarian has lost its pejorative sense--most of it, anyway."

fisticuffs- n. a cuff or blow with the fist
pg. 60: "'You would have engaged in fisticuffs with six men?' 'I've done it before' 'Yes, I can imagine--you're quite a formidable-looking fellow.'"

immaculately- adv. in an immaculate manner (immaculate meaning free from spot or stain; spotlessly clean)
pg. 77: "He was a slender man, immaculately dressed, with close-cropped gray hair and hollow blue eyes."

insatiable- adj. not satiable; incapable of being satisfied or appeased
pg. 99: "Its hunger becomes insatiable; try as it may, it cannot take in more blood--so it frantically jumps from host to host, taking the disease along with it."

venerable- adj. hallowed by religious, historic, or other lofty associations; impressive or interesting because of age, antique appearance, etc.
pg.134: "The road to the port city of Tartus was almost new, a part of the recent network of highways and railroads connecting the inland cement factories and fertilizer plants with Syria's two major ports: the venerable old port of Latakia and its younger and more industrial brother, Tartus.

aubergine- n. a hairy upright herb native to southeastern Asia but widely cultivated for its large glossy edible fruit commonly used as a vegetable (aka eggplant)
pg. 138: "'Will you join me? The mezzeh here is excellent. Try the aubergine or the stuffed vine leaves.'"

preternaturally- adv. in a supernatural manner; preternatural meaning out of the ordinary course of nature; exceptional or abnormal
pg. 154: "When he looked up, the street was empty, and everything was preternaturally still."

euphemistic- adj. substituting a mild term for a harsher or distasteful one
pg. 172: "'The 'family room'--that's rather euphemistic, isn't it? The gong si fong was more family-oriented than this place.' 'What did you expect? It's a bachelor pad.' 'But you were not always a bachelor.'"

facsimiles- n. an exact copy, such as a book, manuscript, or painting
pg. 195: "'These are scones,' he said, 'true English scones, not the crude American facsimiles, which taste like sawdust with a binding of glue.'"

beveled- n. the inclination that one line or surface makes with another when not at right angles
pg. 225: "On the right was a plain-looking farmhouse with white beveled siding and a gray corrugated roof."

allocate- v. to set apart for a particular purpose; assign or allot
pg. 245: "'I want you to rewrite that threat assessment, Dave, because you write these estimates for policy makers--for people who have the power to act and to allocate resources.'"

propagate- v. to spread from person to person; to increase in amount
malady- n. any disorder or disease of the body
pg. 277: "From the two said parts of the body this deadly gavocciolo soon began to propagate and spread itself in all directions indifferently; after which the form of the malady began to change, black spots or livid making their appearance in many cases on the arm or the thigh or elsewhere..."

lunacy- n. insanity; mental disorder
pg. 285: "'There's no guarantee that we can put a man on that ship unseen--it can't be done.' 'We have to find a way.' 'This is lunacy!' Objections and opinions came from all around the table."

contingency- n. dependence on chance or on the fulfillment of a condition; uncertainty
pg. 292: "The Navy nodded. 'We need a contingency plan--a way to shut this thing down if it all goes bad. You understand what I'm saying?'"

lethargically- adv. without energy; in a lethargic manner
pg. 314: "The rats wandered about slowly, lethargically."