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precept (noun)

a rule of conduct or action

salutary (adj)

beneficial, helpful;healthful, wholesome

scathing (adj)

bitterly severe, withering, causing great harm

scourge (verb or noun)

to whip, punish severely, a cause of affliction of suffering, a source of sever punishment or criticism

sepulchral (adj)

funeral, typical of the tomb, extremely gloomy or dismal

soporific (adj or noun)

tending to cause sleep, relating to sleepiness or lethargy, something that induces sleep

straitlaced (adj)

extremely strict in regard to moral standards and conduct, prudish, puritanical

transient (adj or noun)

lasting only a short time, fleeting, one who stays only a short time

unwieldy (adj)

not easily carried, handled, or managed because of size or complexity

vapid (adj)

dull, uninteresting, tiresome, lacking in sharpness, flavor, liveliness, or force

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