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ameliorate

v. To make better; to become better; to improve.

baleful

adj. Expressing hatred or evil; harmful, ominous.

berate

v. To criticize vigorously; to scold vehemently.

circumvent

v. To avoid through craftiness.

compunction

n. A feeling of uneasiness or anxiety caused by guilt.

condone

v. To overlook or accept without punishment; to pardon or excuse.

diminutive

adj. Very small; tiny.

euphemism

n. A polite term used to avoid directly naming something considered offensive or unpleasant.

expendable

adj. Able to be used up and then discarded or replaced.

heresy

n. The expression of shocking or unacceptable views.

infirmity

n. Physical or mental weakness or defect.

profane

v. To treat with scorn or irreverence. adj. 1. Disrespectful of sacred things. 2. Not connected with religion; worldly.

recompense

v. To pay or compensate.

repast

n. Food and drink; a meal.

servitude

n. A lack of freedom; forced labor.

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