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malefactor

noun one who does ill toward another; someone who has committed an offense against the law

wangle

verb to bring about, accomplish or obtain by scheming or underhanded methods

hitherto

adverb until this time

tyranny

noun unrestrained, oppressive power; absolute, often cruel power

deranged

adjective generic psychiatric term for a mental state involving a loss of contact with reality: insane, disarranged

annihilate

verb destroy, wipe out; to reduce to utter ruin or non-existence

intercourse

noun interactions or communications between persons or groups

quintessence

noun the pure essence of something; the perfect type or most typical instance

quagmire

noun a difficult or precarious situation from which extrication is almost impossible

promontory

noun a high point of land or rock overlooking or projecting above surrounding areas (a cliff or mountain peak)

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