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marshal

to assemble to gather for the purpose of doing something; also an officer in the police or military

martyr

someone willing to sacrifice and even give his/her life for a cause; also one who pretends suffering to gain sympathy

mastic

to chew

menagerie

a collection of live wild animals on exhibit

milieu

environment or surroundings

mirage

unreal reflection; an optical illusion

mode

a way or method of doing something; type, manner, fashion

mores

customary cultural standards; moral attitudes, manners, habits

muse

to ponder; mediate; thing about at length

muster

to collect or gather; the act of inspection or critical examination

nepotism

favors shown by those in high positions to relatives and friends

noisome

stinking; offensive; disgusting

noxious

physically or mentally destructive, or harmful to human beings

oblique

at an angle neither perpendicular or parallel; indirect or evasive; not straightforward

optimum

the most advantageous; the best condition, degree, or amount

orthodox

conventional, doing it by the books, sticking to established principles

ostracize

to exclude from a group; to shun

oust

to eject; to force out; to banish

parry

to ward off a blow; to turn aside; to avoid skillfully, to evade

partition

the division of something into parts; an interior structure dividing a large area

penitent

one who feels sorrow and remorse for past misdeeds; feeling sorrow or humble

periphery

the outermost part within a boundary, the outside edge

permeate

to flow or spread through; penetrate

perverse

stubborn; contrary; intractable

petulant

ill-humored, irritable, cranky

pied

having patches or blotches of two or more colors

pillage

to rob of goods by violent seizure, plunder; to take as spoils

pique

irritation, resentment stemming from wounded pride; to arouse curiosity

plight

a distressing situation

porcine

reminiscent of or pertaining to a pig; resembling a pig

potentate

a powerful ruler; an important person

precarious

unsafe, unsteady, unstable

procrastinate

to put off until a later time

propulsive

the act or process of propelling; a propelling force

prowess

exceptional skill and bravery

quandary

state of perplexity or doubt; a difficult or uncertain situation

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