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abashed

embarrassed, ashamed , or nonplussed

anguish

great mental suffering, distress, pain

bask

to be in, or expose onself to, pleasant warmth

finesse

delicate skill, tact and cleverness

forthright

frank, direct, straightforward

genial

cordial, pleasantly cheerful or warm

premonition

forewarning or foreboding of a future event

purge

to wash away impurites, clean up

repercussion

an effect or consequence of some action or event, result

scapegoat

a person or thing carrying the blame for others

acme

the highest point

belittle

to make something appear smaller than it is

convey

to transport; to transmit; to communicate; make known

excise

to remove by cutting;

haggard

thin, pale, and careworn as a result of suffering

jaunty

lively, easy, and carefree manner; smart or trim in appearance

menial

lowly; humble; lacking importance or dignity;

parry

to ward off, fend off, deflect evaid, avoid,

ravage

to destroy, lay waste, ruin,

tawdry

showy and flashy, but lacking in good taste

abut

to join at one end or be next to, to support to prop up

cryptic

puzzling, mystifying, or enigmatic

enmity

hatred, ill-will

fervent

very ernest, emotional, passionate; extremely hot

gaunt

thin and bony; starved looking; bare, barren

nullify

to make of no value or consequence, cancel, wipe out

plummet

to plunge straight down

proxy

an agent, a substitute, a written permission allowing on person to act in another's place

rankle

to cause anger, irritation, or bitterness,

unflagging

tireless, continuing with vigor

apt

suitable, fitting, likely; quick to learn,

bludgeon

a short club used as a weapon

defile

to make unclean or dirty, destroy the purity of

dire

dreadful, causing fear or suffering; warning of trouble to come

disarming

charming, tending to get rid of unfriendliness or suspicion

accord

agreement, harmony; to agree, be in harmony or bring iinto harmony

barter

an exchange in trade, to exchange goods

curt

short, rudely brief

ferret

a kind af weasel; to search or hunt out; to torment badger

rue

to regret, be sorry for; a feeling of regret

scoff

to make fun of; to show contempt for

transition

a change from one state to another

trepidation

fear, fright, trembling

vex

to annoy, anger, exasperate; to confuse, baffle

whimsical

subject to odd ideas, notions, or fancies, playful, unpredictable

appease

to make calm, soothe, to relieve, satisfy, to yeild to

calamitous

causing great misfortune

delve

to dig, to search deeply and thoroughly into

judicious

using or showing good judgement, wise, sensible

milieu

the setting, surroundings, environment

overbearing

domineering, haughty, bullying; overpowering predominant

pert

high-spirited; lively, bold, suacy, jaunty

quirk

a peculiar way of acting, a sudden twist or turn

shiftless

lazy, lacking in ambition and energy; inefficient

taint

a staint or spot, a mark of corruption or dishonor

crusade

a strong movement to advance a cause or idea; to campaign, work vigorously

mendicant

beggar; depending on begging for a living

nauseate

to make sick to the stomach; to fill with disgust

negate

to nullify, deny, bring to nothing

ruse

an action designed to confuse or mislead; a trick

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