noun: Act of cleansing; washing or cleansing of the body, especially as part of a religious ceremony. (sanctify).
verb: To deny (something) to oneself; restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure. (ascetic).
verb: To lessen the intensity of severity of, to ease or sooth; to calm or pacify. (assuage, abate, alleviate, mitigate, mollify, pacify).
noun: A member of the middle class.
adjective: Dominated or characterized by materialistic and often frivolous pursuits or concerns.
verb: To confine or seclude; to shut away from the world.
noun: A place, especially a monastery or convent, devoted to religious seclusion.
verb: To overcome the distrust or animosity of someone. (mitigate, mollify, pacify, placate, propitiate, quell).
verb: To belittle; to deviate from a standard or expectation; to go astray or stray. (disparage).
noun: The disposition, character, or fundamental values and beliefs peculiar to a specific person, people, culture, or movement.
noun: An act or an example of substituting a mild, indirect, or vague term for one considered harsh, blunt, or offensive.
adjective: Irrelevant; unrelated; unnecessary; inessential or unrelated to the topic or matter at hand.
adjective: Suitable; appropriate; well spoken; marked by happiness or good fortune. (germane).
adjective: Secret; characterized by stealth; expressive of hidden motives or purposes. (surreptitious).
adjective: Arrogant; audacious; characterized by an offensive boldness. (insolent, impertinent).
verb: To call into question; to challenge an argument; to attack verbally; to attack as false.
verb: To bring oneself purposely into another's good grades especially by deliberate effort.