Ten Words from Today's NY Times - November 21, 2012

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  1. emphasize
    stress or single out as important
    While President Obama publicly emphasized Israel’s right to self-defense because of domestic political concerns, officials said the administration had also decided to take an understanding approach to Mr. Morsi’s need to denounce Israel in order to appeal to his domestic audience.
  2. amass
    collect or gather
    The Israelis, who have amassed tens of thousands of troops on the Gaza border and have threatened to invade for a second time in four years to end the rocket fire from Gaza, never publicly backed the idea of a short break in fighting.
  3. durable
    existing for a long time
    Mrs. Clinton spoke of the need for “a durable outcome that promotes regional stability and advances the security and legitimate aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians alike.”
  4. punctuate
    interrupt periodically
    The Israeli assaults carried into early Wednesday, with multiple blasts punctuating the otherwise darkened Gaza skies.
  5. oust
    remove from a position or office
    Unhappy with the business's sagging performance, H.P. ousted the software company's mercurial Cambridge-educated founder and sent a team to England to review its books last May.
  6. impropriety
    the condition of being unsuitable or offensive
    Months of investigation followed, prompting Hewlett's accusations on Tuesday that the British software maker, Autonomy, had engaged in "serious accounting improprieties."
  7. waning
    a gradual decrease in magnitude or extent
    In recent years, what was once a giant of Silicon Valley has been buffeted by management turnover, board controversy and waning profits.
  8. chicanery
    the use of tricks to deceive someone
    Autonomy's founder, Mike Lynch, rejected Hewlett-Packard's claims, denying that his former company committed any accounting chicanery or misled anyone about its financial information.
  9. bustle
    a rapid active commotion
    “I like the hustle and bustle of it,” she said.
  10. garb
    clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion
    Among those in the parade Saturday was Rebecca Tuchak, 33, a restaurant manager, who was dressed in Pilgrim garb and riding a float that honored the first Thanksgiving.

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