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placate

to calm; to pacify

preclude

to prevent

repress

to hold back or put down with force; to suppress

saturate

to fill or soak to capacity

slake

to satisfy; to quench; to make less intense

sortie

a flight of a combat aircraft on a mission; an armed attack, especially against surrounding enemy forces

succumb

to submit reluctantly; to yield

tranquil

calm; peaceful

venomous

poisonous; intentionally harmful; malevolent

wrest

to obtain through force, usually by twisting and turning violently

acute

serious and sudden; pointed; perceptive

durable

able to withstand wear, decay, or certain tough conditions; long-lasting

eavesdrop

to listen secretly to private conversations

ethical

pertaining to accepted standards of behavior; conforming to accepted standards of behavior

fjord

a narrow inlet of the sea between tall cliffs or steep banks

gaudy

tastelessly showy; brightly colored to an vulgar degree

nominal

existing in name only; insignificantly small; token

nurture

to nourish; to help grow or develop

pommel

to strike; to beat; a knob on the handle of a sword or weapon

quibble

to evade the main point by arguing over petty details; an irrelevant argument

rampart

a defensive structure or embankment

respite

a short rest or period of relief; delay

rite

a customary or religious ceremonial act

seismic

pertaining to earthquakes or vibrations of the earth

terrestrial

of or pertaining to solid land

bizarre

extremely unusual; strange

bungle

to ruin something through clumsiness

deduce

to conclude by reasoning; to infer

dynamic

energetic; intense; forceful; continuously active or changing

irrelevant

unimportant to the matter at hand

loiter

to linger without an apparent purpose

obstinate

stubborn

scrutinize

to examine in great detail

stunt

to limit or hinder growth; an unusual or dangerous feat

superficial

on or near the surface; concerned with the obvious only; shallow; insignificant; trivial

ultimate

last in a series; conclusive; final; highest; extreme

vapid

bland; dull

viable

capable of succeeding or living

wan

unnaturally pale, as from illness or distress

wane

to decrease gradually

adjacent

lying near; adjoining

candor

sincerity; honesty

compassion

awareness and sympathy for the suffering of another

democratic

of or for the people; pertaining to government by the people

disperse

to scatter; to distribute

doleful

showing or expressing grief; sad

duress

threat of violent force

irk

to annoy; to irritate

ratify

to approve formally; to sanction

sobriety

a seriousness in manner; a state of abstinence from drugs or alcohol

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