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Word Masters #3

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defile
a narrow pass (especially one between mountains), a steep or narrow passage
defile
make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air
defile
to make unclean, impure
defile
to pollute, to corrupt
drivel
a worthless message; meaningless talk
drivel
(n.) saliva or mucus flowing from the mouth or nose;
drivel
nonsense; foolishness; V: talk nonsense
artless
Without deceit or cunning; natural; simple
artless
(of persons) lacking art or knowledge; poorly made or done
artless
characterized by an inability to mask your feelings; free from intent to deceive or impress others
artless
innocent, naive
culminate
bring to a head or to the highest point physically or developmentally
culminate
of a celestial body: reach its highest altitude
distort
twist and press out of natural shape or position
distort
(v.) to give a false or misleading account of
cunning
sly, clever at being deceitful; guile
cunning
skill or adeptness in performance; dexterity
cunning
crafty in the use of special resources, skill or knowledge
staid
characterized by dignity and propriety
staid
unemotional
thwart
to oppose successfully; to prevent, frustrate
thwart
A seat across a boat; passing or lying crosswise or across
pernicious
extremely harmful; deadly, fatal
pernicious
destructive; wicked or malicious
fissure
a long narrow opening
fissure
narrow cleft or slit; usually for passage of blood vessels and nerves
rampant
Growing without check, running wild.
perturb
disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed
perturb
throw into great confusion or disorder
perturb
to alter an object's regular path
solace
the comfort you feel when consoled in times of disappointment
solace
give moral or emotional strength to
rampage
violently angry and destructive behavior
burgher
a merchant; a citizen of a medieval town
burgher
a member of the middle class
roil
make liquids murky by stirring up sediment; disturb
roil
be agitated
roil
to disturb or displease
salve
to soothe or heal
salve
an ointment that soothes or heals
turbulent
violently agitated or disturbed
turbulent
violent, stormy
garble
to mix up or distort
garble
(v.) to distort in such a way as to make unintelligible
vagabond
a wanderer who has no established residence or visible means of support
vagabond
meaningless; pointless
wan
(of light) lacking in intensity or brightness
wan
abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress
wan
evening; night; late
snub
ignore or behave coldly toward; to bring something to a stop
foray
a sudden short attack
foray
a sudden raid; an initial attempt, esp. outside one's usual field
foray
a straying path tried for the first time
ruddy
Having a healthy reddish color
shrine
A place of worship that is often dedicated to a sacred object or person
shrine
a container for sacred relics
shrine
enshrine; to preserve or cherish as sacred
shrine
enclose; shut in; close in