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askance

with suspicion, distrust, or disapproval

attenuate

to make thin or slender

benign

gentle, kind

cavil

to find fault in a carping way

charlatan

pretender, imposter

decimate

to kill or destroy

foible

weak point

forgo

to do without

fraught

full or loaded with

inure

to toughen

luminous

emitting or reflecting light

obsequious

marked by slavish attentiveness

obtuse

blunt, not coming to a point

oscillate

to swing back and forth

perntitent

regretful for one's sins or mistakes

peremptory

command that leaves no debate

rebuff

to snub

reconnoiter

to engage in reconnaissance

shambles

slaughterhouse

sporadic

occurring at irregular events

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