(n) the act of preying upon or plundering: "The depredations of the invaders demoralized the population."
(v) to make clear, to say
(v) to dry out thoroughly (adj: desiccated)
(n) a bitter abusive denunciation.
(adj) lacking self-confidence, modest (n: diffidence)
(adj) to free a person from falsehood or error: "We had to disabuse her of the notion that she was invited."
(adj) belittling (n: disparagement. v. disparage)
(adj) calm; objective; unbiased
(v) to conceal one's real motive, to feign
(adj) stubborn or determined: "Her dogged pursuit of the degree eventually paid off."