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acme

n. highest point of achievement

awry

adv. askew; turned away from the correct direction

bane

n. persistent annoyance; source of ruin

cite

v. to quote an authourity

crux

n. central point

dire

adj. having horrible consequences

dupe

n./v. easily deceived person/ act of deceiving

eke

v. to get something with great effort

elite

n. best, most skilled or superior group or member of a group

gibe

v. to make taunting remarks

maim

v. to disable/disfigure

mete

v. to distribute/allot

moot

adj. something no longer of significance

oust

v. to eject or force from a position

purge

v. to purify; clear a person of a charge or sin

roil

v. to displease or disturb

sham

n. a fake or impostor

staid

adj. dignified/proper

veer

v. to swerve; turn away from a direction or course

vie

v. to complete; strive for superiority

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