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musen: a source of inspiration, particularly for creative endeavors such as writing or art; a mythical spirit thought to inspire poets and artists
ascendv: to go or move upward; to become king or queen; to inherit something, such as a power
heavenn: (of various religious and mythological traditions) a place or state of existence considered to be the abode of the divine, the afterlife, or a higher realm of being; a state of great happiness, contentment, or beauty
inventionn: the creation of a new device or process resulting from study and experimentation; the act of inventing
kingdomn: the country ruled by a king or queen
monarchn: a person who rules a country, such as a king or queen
beholdv: to look at and observe with attention
swellingn: an abnormal local enlargement of a part of your body, mainly because of illness or injury
settlev: to reach an agreement of disagreement
awesomeadj: inspiring fear, admiration, or respect; very good, nice, fun, etc.
etceteran: used to indicate that some other unspecified items or things could be included besides those already mentioned; and so on
globen: the earth or world, mainly used to emphasize its vastness
extendedadj: longer than usual or anticipated
resurgencen: the return or growth of something after a period of decline or disappearance
bubon: a swollen and painful lymph node, often caused by a bacterial infection such as the bubonic plague
plaguen: any epidemic disease with a high death rate; (also called pest) a serious, sometimes fatal, infection spread by rats that causes fever and swellings on the body
astonishingadj: surprising or shocking; difficult to believe
loopn: a shape like a curve or a circle made by something long and thin, such as a piece of string, that bends round and crosses itself
engagementn: a mutual promise to marry someone; an agreement to do something, especially at a particular time
constructv: to build or create something; to assemble or combine different parts to form something whole
coronavirusn: a large family of viruses that can cause illness in humans and animals, which name comes from the crown-like spikes on the surface of the virus, which can be seen under a microscope, and COVID-19 is caused by a specific type of coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2
costumen: a set of clothes worn by an actor in a play or film or by a person representing a particular character or occupation
processn: a series of actions or operations performed to achieve a particular outcome or goal; a systematic procedure or approach used to accomplish a specific task or objective; a method of treating milk to make it suitable for consumption or use in other dairy products
equitableadj: fair and impartial; treating everyone fairly
call-and-responsen: a form of music or other vocal performance in which a leader sings or says a melody or refrain, and a group of performers respond with a repeated phrase or chorus
outlastv: to endure or last longer than something else; to overcome challenges or obstacles and remain in existence
empiren: a group of countries ruled by one leader or government
survivev: to live or exist despite a dangerous event or period
fertileadj: capable of producing abundant vegetation or crops; intellectually productive
innovativeadj: introducing or using new methods, ideas, etc.
unfortunatelyadv: by bad luck; unluckily
shoren: the land along the edge of a sea, lake, broad river, or other large body of water; (verb) to support by placing against something solid or rigid
slaven: a person who is, either legally or illegally, owned by someone; a person entirely dominated by some influence or a person
racismn: prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against a person or people based on their membership in a particular ethnic group, typically one that is a minority or marginalized
ongoingadj: continuing to exist or develop, or currently happening
infectv: to affect a person, an animal, or a plant with a disease-causing organism
asymptomaticadj: not experiencing or exhibiting any symptoms of a particular disease or condition, even though the individual may be infected or affected by it
symptomn: any sensation or change in body or mind that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease
glaringadj: extremely noticeable or obvious, often in a way that is unpleasant or unpleasantly bright
onstageadv: onto or on a stage in a theater; in front of an audience
opportuneadj: suitable or happening at a time that is suitable or convenient for a particular purpose
intermissionn: a break or pause in performance, play, or event
championn: someone who has won first place in a competition; someone who fights for a specific group of people or a belief
marchv: to walk militarily with stiff, regular steps
protestn: a strong expression of disagreement, disapproval, or opposition
reimaginev: to imagine or conceive of something in a new or different way
instituten: an organization that has a specific purpose, particularly one dealing with science, education, or a particular profession; (verb) to initiate, introduce, or establish something
transformv: to change in outward structure or looks;
celebratev: to acknowledge a memorable or good day or event with a social gathering or enjoyable activity
embodyv: to represent or exemplify something; to give tangible form to an abstract idea
essentialadj: indispensable; fundamental
ragen: a strong feeling of anger or violence
despairn: the feeling that there is no hope and you cannot do anything to improve a difficult situation
depthn: the distance between the top and bottom of something; between the top surface and a distance below it
emotionn: a strong feeling such as love, anger, etc. deriving from one’s situation, mood, or relationships with others
catharsisn: a release or purging of emotional or psychological tension, often through artistic or creative experiences or expressions
ignorev: to intentionally not listen or pay attention to
compartmentn: a separate section or part of a larger enclosed space, such as a train carriage or a ship’s cabin
discoveryn: the act or process of finding information, a place, or an object, or learning about something that was previously not known
uniqueadj: being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else
revn: a measure of the rate at which an engine or motor rotates, often expressed in revolutions per minute (RPM); (verb) to increase the number of rotations per minute
relationn: the way two persons or groups of people feel and act toward one another
tormentn: unbearable physical pain or extreme mental distress; (verb) to cause severe physical or mental suffering to someone, or to be the victim of such suffering
engagev: to attract and keep someone’s attention and interest; to participate in or obtain services of something
metaphorn: a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not denote to suggest a similarity
soothev: to calm or comfort someone or something; to make something less painful or uncomfortable
rubv: to move one’s hand or an object over the surface of something with pressure
breathn: the air that is taken into and expelled from your lungs; the process of taking into and expelling air from your lungs
practitionern: a person who works in a profession or occupation, such as a doctor, lawyer, or teacher
offstageadv: in a location outside of the stage area in a theater or other performance venue; not visible to the audience or spectators
rehearsaln: a practice session, usually for a performance or presentation, during which people prepare and fine-tune their performance, often with the help of feedback from others; the act of rehearsing
garagen: a building or part of a building used to store a vehicle or vehicles, typically a car
studion: a room or building where creative or artistic work is produced; a television or radio production company
folkn: people in general, especially those of a particular group or type
ensemblen: a group of people who perform together, especially in music or theater; a coordinated or matching set of something
collaborationn: the act or situation of working together to create or produce something
cognitiveadj: of or relating to mental processes of understanding
neurologyn: the branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the nervous system
Alzheimern: a neurodegenerative disease that causes memory loss, cognitive decline, and behavioral issues; is the most common cause of dementia in older adults
diseasen: a disorder or illness that affects the body or mind, often characterized by specific symptoms or abnormal functioning of organs or systems
sessionn: a formal meeting or series of meetings for the execution of a particular group’s functions; a period spent doing a particular activity
mantran: a word or phrase, often repeated, that is used as a focus for the mind during meditation
creativeadj: relating to or involving the use of skill and original and unusual ideas to create something
anxiousadj: worried and nervous
uncertainadj: not being sure of something; not being able to choose
observev: to watch or notice something carefully, often to gather information or insights; to take note of something or someone; to celebrate or commemorate a special event or occasion
imaginaryadj: existing only in someone’s mind
talentn: a natural ability to be good at something; someone who has a natural ability to be good at something
quotationn: a group of words taken from a text or speech and repeated by someone other than the original author or speaker
quotev: to repeat or reproduce the words or statement of someone else, often acknowledging the source; to give an estimated cost or price for goods or services
anxietyn: a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something that is happening or might happen in the future
mechanismn: a part of a machine, or a set of parts that performs a task; a natural or established process that occurs during a specific situation or reaction
addictn: a person who cannot stop using or doing something as a habit, especially something harmful
zoomv: to move along very quickly; (noun) the act of rising upward into the air
memen: a cultural idea, value, or pattern of behavior that is passed from one generation to another by imitation rather than genetic means; (as an Internet meme) an image, a video, a piece of text, etc. that is remixed, copied, and circulated in a shared cultural experience online
pandemicn: an outbreak of a disease that affects many people over a very wide area
supposev: to think that something is likely to be actual or possible
inspirev: to make somebody fill with the desire, confidence, or enthusiasm, especially to do something creative
guiltyadj: feeling responsible for or having done something wrong or criminal
masterpiecen: a work of art that is exceptionally good or highly skilled; a great achievement
additionn: the act or process of adding something to something else; the process of adding numbers
screwv: to turn something, such as a bolt, with a driver or wrench to tighten or loosen it; (noun) a cylindrical rod with a helical ridge used to fasten things together
guiltn: the fact of having committed something illegal; the negative feelings caused by believing or knowing that you have done something wrong
oppositionn: the act of disagreeing or resisting; the state of strong disagreement
appreciatev: to value and acknowledge the worth of someone or something; to be grateful for something or someone
physicallyadv: in a way related to a person’s body or appearance rather than their mind
emotionaladj: relating to people’s feelings
communaladj: belonging to or used by a group rather than individuals; for common use
monologuen: a solo speech or performance given by one person, typically in a theatrical or storytelling context, and often used to reveal aspects of the speaker’s thoughts, feelings, or backstory
melancholyn: a feeling of sadness, disappointment, or boredom, often accompanied by a lack of energy or motivation
wrapv: to cover or enclose something entirely with paper, cloth, or other material
nowhereadv: not in, at, or to any place; not anywhere
unbearableadj: not able to be tolerated or endured; too difficult, severe, or intense to be dealt with or suffered through; intolerable or insufferable
couchn: a piece of furniture made for sitting, usually with a back and armrests, designed to seat more than one person
inhalev: to breathe in air or a different substance, such as smoke
exhalev: to breathe out air or vapor from the lungs or mouth; to release or emit something slowly or gently
releasev: to set free or allow to escape from confinement
scaredadj: afraid or frightened
movementn: a group of people working together to achieve a shared goal, especially a political, social, or artistic one; the process of moving or being moved, physically or figuratively
stickv: to put something, usually a sharp object, into something; to restrict yourself to doing or using one certain thing and not change; (noun) a thin piece of wood or other material
pipelinen: a very long large tube that is usually underground and is used for carrying liquid or gas for long distances
modestadj: having or showing a humble estimate of one’s merits, importance, etc.; free from vanity, egotism, boastfulness, or great pretensions
intentionn: something you want to do and are going to do
surroundv: to be all around something or somebody
observationn: the act or activity of carefully examining or monitoring something or someone
unlockv: to open something, such as a door, window, etc., usually using a key
empathyn: the ability to share another person’s feelings or experiences by imagining that person’s situation
curiosityn: a strong desire to know or learn about something
ignitev: to set on fire; to cause to start burning
introductionn: a preliminary explanation or remarks given before the start of a text, performance, or event; the act of bringing something new into existence or introducing something to a wider audience or new market
angeln: a spiritual being believed to be a messenger of God often depicted as having wings and a halo
universaladj: existing or affecting everywhere or everyone
constellationn: a group of stars that form a recognizable pattern and have a name; a group of related or similar ideas, things, or people
nauseousadj: causing a feeling of nausea or sickness, often due to an unpleasant taste or smell; affected by a feeling of nausea or discomfort
blistern: a small, fluid-filled bubble on the skin caused by friction, burning, or other skin irritation; can also refer to a similar bubble found in other materials; (verb) to become covered with blisters or to cause blisters to form; to criticize or rebuke severely
soreadj: painful or sensitive to the touch; inflamed or irritated; feeling deep distress, grief, or regret
temperaturen: the degree of hotness or coldness of a thing or place
wrackn: wreckage or debris from a destroyed structure; (verb) to cause destruction or great pain
amnesian: a condition in which a person is unable to remember things, often as a result of brain damage, shock, or illness
boredomn: a state of weariness, restlessness, or impatience that arises from not being interested or engaged in an activity, task, or situation
neuroticadj: suffering from neurosis or excessive and irrational anxiety or distress, often about everyday situations and circumstances
obsessionn: the state in which a person’s mind is filled with thoughts of one single object or particular person
fierceadj: severe and violent in a way that is frightening
braveadj: showing courage or fearlessness in the face of danger, difficulty, or adversity
lifetimen: the duration of someone’s life or something’s existence;
transformationn: a complete change in form, nature, or appearance of someone or something
epidemicn: the widespread outbreak of a particular disease in a large number of people at the same time
fountainn: a structure usually consisting of a basin and a jet of water that is sprayed into the air, often used for decoration or as a source of drinking water
sightn: the ability to see; anything that is seen
commemoratev: to honor the memory of someone or something by ceremony or tribute
strugglev: to make a great effort to do something when it is difficult, or there are a lot of problems; to use force or violence to break away from restraint or constriction
spinv: to cause something to rotate rapidly; to cause someone to feel dizzy or disoriented
creaturen: a living being, especially an animal
blessv: to make or pronounce holy; to hallow; to consecrate; to sanctify

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