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besieged

surrounded by hostile forces

latitude

scope for freedom of e.g. action or thought

vulnerable

susceptible to physical or emotional injury

autonomy

independence

precarious

not secure

wreaking

to inflict (as vengeance or punishment); to express (as anger or hatred)

devastation

an event that results in total destruction

inclement

used of persons or behavior

perseverance

the act of persisting or persevering

wane

a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number)

facsimile

an exact copy or reproduction

commenced

To have a beginning or origin; to originate; to start; to

appease

to quiet, calm, allay; to pacify or conciliate

vigilant

Being on the alert to discover and ward off danger or insure safety.

espionage

spying

beguiled

deceived; charmed

pretext

false reason given to hide a real one

invicible

not to be overcome

archaic

extremely old

balmy

soft and mild (of air); fragrant

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