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mockery

mockery

/ˈmɑkɝi/
noun
humorous or satirical mimicry
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Branson's request for a bailout prompted mockery from some corners, especially in the British press.

You thought it was a mockery?

It's a mockery of the US military.

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rookery

rookery

/ɹˈʊkɚɹi/
noun
a collection of nests that a bird colony, such as rooks build for breeding

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dowry

dowry

/ˈdaʊɹi/
noun
money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriage
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Many parents see daughters as a liability since they require dowries to find husbands.

Her first act was to use part of her dowry to buy out August Ritter’s share in Benz’s company.

But he was so poor, he could not pay for a dowry.

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intestacy

intestacy

/ɪntˈɛstəsi/
noun
the situation of being or dying without a legally valid will

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larceny

larceny

/ˈɫɑɹsəni/
noun
the act of stealing something from someone, especially without breaking into a building
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But like in human societies, larceny is a risky choice.

The bill is stolen by Mr. Burns, who is later arrested by two FBI agents for grand-grand-grand-grand larceny.

Sam and Belle were handed an indictment to appear before the court on the charge of larceny.

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autarchy

autarchy

/ˈɔːɾɑːɹki/
noun
a political system governed by a single individual

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apathy

apathy

/ˈæpəθi/
noun
not enthusiastic about or interested in things in general or in something particular
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The investigation was riddled with apathy and mistakes.

Negative symptoms refer to things like decreased emotional expression, apathy, trouble communicating, and social withdrawal.

It's great for increasing motivation and preventing the apathy and blunting that you can get with the serotonin agents.

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oddity

oddity

/ˈɑdəti/
noun
a strange attitude or habit
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The vehicle was an oddity in the marketplace, huge, blunt and aggressive.

These were typically filled with oddities and freak shows.

It’s sort of a beautiful picnic of of of really intense oddity, you know?

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oligarchy

oligarchy

/ˈɑɫəˌɡɑɹki/
noun
a political system in which a small group of high-powered people control a country or organization
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The region's governments were brutal oligarchies.

He suppressed all press freedom, declaring that newspapers were instruments of the oligarchy.

We've created an American oligarchy.

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surety

surety

/ˈʃʊɹəti/
noun
one who provides a warrant or guarantee to another

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functionary

functionary

/ˈfəŋkʃəˌnɛɹi/
noun
a worker who holds or is invested with an office

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papacy

papacy

/ˈpeɪpəsi/
noun
the government of the Roman Catholic Church
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Frederick was religious, but not a fan of the papacy.

And so in a way, it's the papacy who invents the murderous Machiavelli.

But I mean, the irony is I think that the murderous Machiavelli is an invention of the papacy.

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chicanery

chicanery

/ʃɪˈkeɪnɝi/
noun
the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)
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No more chicanery, we are in for murder.

I'm so excited John did not fall for that chicanery.

[ Laughter ] As much hindrance and chicanery that comes from this man..

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ancestry

ancestry

/ˈænsɛstɹi/
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the people that a person is descended from
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And there’s a reason we study mitochondrial genomes and Y chromosomes to understand our ancestry.

Knowing about this common ancestry tells us a lot about our shared traits with other primates.

You see, the people who have been studied in GWAS so far are overwhelmingly of white European ancestry.

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frequency

frequency

/ˈfɹikwənsi/
noun
the number of times an event recurs in a unit of time
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The typical female speaking voice has a vibration frequency of around 220 Hz.

The human ear and brain have limits and cannot assign a pitch to all frequencies of vibration.

It is called the fundamental frequency, the frequency we identify as the pitch of the note.

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prosody

prosody

/ˈpɹɑsədi/
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(phonetics) a subdivision of phonetics dealing with stress and intonation
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And research shows the prosody of infant-directed speech can help with a baby’s attention and language learning.

But prosody isn’t the whole baby talk story.

Native American English is often identifiable because of its prosody.

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creamery

creamery

/ˈkɹimɝi/
noun
a workplace where dairy products (butter and cheese etc.) are produced or sold
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- His dad had a creamery.

This is usually one of the moments I enjoy myself in the creamery.

Herrine: Joseph Sapp opened the South Side ice creamery in 1926.

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granary

granary

/ɡɹˈænɚɹi/
noun
a storehouse for threshed grain or animal feed
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Starving people broke into granaries and the estates of their landlords, helping themselves to food and provisions.

It took generations to make the thousands of holes in this granary.

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entirety

entirety

/ɪnˈtaɪɝti/
noun
the state of being total and complete
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Woods has been sponsored by Nike for the entirety of his professional career.

This was the entirety of his existence.

That was the entirety of their army.

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promontory

promontory

/pɹˈɑːməntɚɹi/
noun
a raised narrow mass of land that sticks out into the sea

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