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a demon or evil spirit supposed to haunt human beings in their bedrooms at night; anything that oppresses or weighs upon one, like a nightmare.
a basic foundation or framework; a system of public works; the resources and facilities required for an activity; permanent military.
to entice, lure, or snare by flattery or artful inducements; to obtain or acquire by artifice.
someone whose welfare, training, or career is under the patronage of an influential person; someone under the juridiction of a foreign country or government.
someone who attempts to win favors or advance him- or herself by flattery or servile behavior.
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