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the expression of approval or favorable opinion, praise; official approval


to make easier of milder, relieve; to quiet, calm; to put an end to, appease, satisfy, quench


a combination, union, or merger for some specific purpose


decline, decay, or deterioration; a condition or period of decline or decay; excessive self-indulgence


to draw forth, bring out from some source (such as another person)


to attempt to dissuade someone from some course of decision by earnest reasoning


used so often as to lack freshness or originality


a gap, opening, or break (in the sense of having an element missing)


a hint, indirect suggestion, or reference (often in a derogatory sense)


to plead on behalf of someone else; to serve as a third party or go-between in a disagreement


wearied, worn out, dulled (in the sense of being satisfied by excessive indulgence)


causing shock, horror, revulsion; sensational; pale or sallow in color; terrible or passionate in intensity or lack of restraint


worthy, deserving of recognition or praise


peevish, annoyed by trifles, easily irritated and upset


a special right or privilege, a special quality showing excellence


(adj.) pertaining to an outlying area; local; narrow in mind or outlook, countrified in the sense of being limited and backward; of a simple, plain design that originated in the countryside; (noun) a person with a narrow point of view; a person from an outlying area; a soldier from a province or colony


to make a pretense of, imitate; to show the outer signs of


to rise above or beyond, exceed


shade cast by trees; foliage giving shade; an overshadowing influence or power; offense, resentment; a vague suspicion


excessively smooth or smug; trying too hard to give an impression or earnestness, sincerity, or piety; fatty, oily; pliable

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