artistry

artistry

/ˈɑːtɪstri/
noun
mass noun
Creative skill or ability.

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At best, human artistry is a pedestrian approximation of nature’s work.

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absolve

absolve

/əbˈzɒlv/
verb
[with object]
1 Declare (someone) free from guilt, obligation, or punishment.
1.1 (in church use) give absolution for (a sin)

Origin
Late Middle English from Latin absolvere ‘set free, acquit’, from ab- ‘from’ + solvere ‘loosen’.

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Okay, Joe, put down that smoking gun next to the dead person you just shot. I absolve you. Go on your way. Have a nice day.

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thicket

thicket

/ˈθɪkɪt/
noun
A dense group of bushes or trees.

Origin
Old English thiccet (see thick, -et).

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The real trick is how a male moose copes with the copse AKA, the thicket. Make your own path!

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proffer

proffer

/ˈprɒfə/
verb
[with object]
Hold out or put forward (something) to someone for acceptance.
noun
literary
An offer or proposal.

Origin
Middle English from Anglo-Norman French proffrir, from Latin pro- ‘before’ + offerre ‘to offer’.

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Bill proffered his dog some food. Dog, of course, was happy about it.

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stockpile

stockpile

/ˈstɒkpʌɪl/
noun
A large accumulated stock of goods or materials, especially one held in reserve for use at a time of shortage or other emergency.
verb
[with object]
Accumulate a large stock of (goods or materials)

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When an individual stockpiles things, it is often called hoarding.

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wondrous

wondrous

/ˈwʌndrəs/
adjective
literary
Inspiring a feeling of wonder or delight; marvellous.
adverb
archaic as submodifier
Marvellously; wonderfully.

Origin
Late 15th century alteration of obsolete wonders (adjective and adverb), genitive of wonder, on the pattern of marvellous.

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To eliminate recriminating fights
And other such terrible blights,
Limit your wondrous delights
To three consecutive nights.

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incidental

incidental

/ɪnsɪˈdɛnt(ə)l/
adjective
1 Happening as a minor accompaniment to something else.
1.1 Occurring by chance in connection with something else.
2 incidental to – Happening as a result of (an activity)
noun
usually incidentals
An incidental expense, event, etc.

Origin
Early 17th century originally from medieval Latin incidentalis, from Latin incident- ‘falling upon, happening to’ (from the verb incidere).

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The illustrations added to these definitions are incidental, in spite of their frequent use.

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Musings

musing

/ˈmjuːzɪŋ/
noun
usually musings
A period of reflection or thought.
adjective
Characterized by reflection or deep thought.

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Maudlin Morning Musings

A shallow breath,
Perhaps another.
How close to death
Dear, sweet brother?

Bizarre thoughts
For a morning,
Of graveyard plots…
Perhaps a warning?

Maybe only maudlin
Rhyme-filled ideas
As I sit dawdlin’; my
Mind sets free; as

One word flows out
And another one comes;
So full of weird doubt
My psyche hums.

Turn attention away
To ideas more happy,
To dawn and bright day
Not midnight, all crappy.

Get the car washed.
Buy some new clothes.
Dark rhymes, be quashed!
Write some bright prose.

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leafy

leafy

/ˈliːfi/
adjective leafier, leafiest
1 Having many leaves or much foliage.
1.1 (of a plant) producing or grown for its broad-bladed leaves.
1.2 Resembling a leaf or leaves.

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Louis leapt about in his leafy long johns.
His team had won the weekly palm fronds.
But his joy went completely unremarked
By the ducks and fish in the local ponds.

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footer

footer

/ˈfʊtə/
noun
1 in combination A person or thing of a specified number of feet in length or height.
1.1 A kick of a football performed with a specified foot.
2 variant of footy
3 A line or block of text appearing at the foot of each page of a book or document.

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As a six-footer, I overlook many. Um, I mean I stand above them. Er, Hmm. Sorry!

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