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rancorous

adj. bitter and resentful

mien

n. bearing or manner, esp. as revealing one's inner state of mind

fleet

adj. moving swiftly

rancid

adj. spoiled or rotten (esp. oils or fats)

dentriment

n. injury or damage

grotesque

adj. strangely or absurdly distorted

apprehend

v. to become aware of through the senses

nepotism

n. showing favoritism to relatives

check

v. to restrain or block

vapid

adj. lacking interest, animation or flavor

vicarious

adj. felt as if one were taking part in the experiences of another

skulk

v. to lurk; to move secretively

insinuate

v. to hint

leaven

v. to add yeast; to fill (something) with a substance that changes it or makes it lighter

perpetuity

n. a state of infinite or indefinately long duration

lucrative

adj. producing wealth; profitable

embroil

v. to engage in trouble; to complicate

malinger

v. to act sick in order to avoid work

rouse

v. to wake or provoke

regale

v. to delight or entertain

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