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abominate

v. To hate or loathe intensely

abridge

v. To shorten in duration or extent; to diminish.

animosity

n. Intense ill will.

auspicious

adj. Favorable, promising.

beleaguer

v1. To besiege, to surround with an army.
2. To surround with troubles; to harass.

confidant

n. (spelled confidante when female) A person to whom secrets are told.

constituent

n1. One of the many parts that make up a whole.
2. A voter represented by a particular official.

iniquitous

adj. Unjust; wicked.

inure

v. To adjust to and accept unpleasant or undesirable conditions.

inveigh

v. (used with against) To complain or protest strongly.

predecessor

n. A person or thing that has held a position or office before another.

sabotage

n. Acts that intentionally damage, hinder, or seek to discredit.
v. To engage in intentionally damaging acts.

sadistic

adj. Taking pleasure in causing pain.

scathing

adj. Harshly critical.

transpire

v1. To become apparent; to come to light
2. To happen or occur.

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