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Definitionunnecessary and unwarranted
or less commonly (except where it is common in the legal field): costing nothing
- Scorn, bitterness, unprovoked malignity, gratuitous desire of ill, ridicule of whatever was good and holy, all awoke to tempt, even while they frightened him.Chapter 20 -- The Minister in a Maze (73% in)
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