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afflict

to trouble greatly

ascend

to rise

besiege

to surround

emaciated

wasted away

excruciating

agonizing

fretful

worrisome

harbinger

forerunner

malignant

becoming progressively worse

malnutrition

inadequate diet

privation

lack of necessities

remote

distant

respite

postponement

reverberating

reechoing

sanctuary

place of protection

sinister

evil

succumb

yield

surge

to rush suddenly

thwart

to hinder

tranquil

peaceful

ubiquitous

being everywhere at once

"sour grapes"

to disparage something that you cannot have

"swap horses in midstream"

to vote against a candidate running for reelection, to change one's mind

"to cool one's heels"

to be kept waiting

"a red herring"

something that diverts attention from the main issue

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