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marshal
to assemble to gather for the purpose of doing something; also an officer in the police or military
martyr
someone willing to sacrifice and even give his/her life for a cause; also one who pretends suffering to gain sympathy
mastic
to chew
menagerie
a collection of live wild animals on exhibit
milieu
environment or surroundings
mirage
unreal reflection; an optical illusion
mode
a way or method of doing something; type, manner, fashion
mores
customary cultural standards; moral attitudes, manners, habits
muse
to ponder; mediate; thing about at length
muster
to collect or gather; the act of inspection or critical examination
nepotism
favors shown by those in high positions to relatives and friends
noisome
stinking; offensive; disgusting
noxious
physically or mentally destructive, or harmful to human beings
oblique
at an angle neither perpendicular or parallel; indirect or evasive; not straightforward
optimum
the most advantageous; the best condition, degree, or amount
orthodox
conventional, doing it by the books, sticking to established principles
ostracize
to exclude from a group; to shun
oust
to eject; to force out; to banish
parry
to ward off a blow; to turn aside; to avoid skillfully, to evade
partition
the division of something into parts; an interior structure dividing a large area
penitent
one who feels sorrow and remorse for past misdeeds; feeling sorrow or humble
periphery
the outermost part within a boundary, the outside edge
permeate
to flow or spread through; penetrate
perverse
stubborn; contrary; intractable
petulant
ill-humored, irritable, cranky
pied
having patches or blotches of two or more colors
pillage
to rob of goods by violent seizure, plunder; to take as spoils
pique
irritation, resentment stemming from wounded pride; to arouse curiosity
plight
a distressing situation
porcine
reminiscent of or pertaining to a pig; resembling a pig
potentate
a powerful ruler; an important person
precarious
unsafe, unsteady, unstable
procrastinate
to put off until a later time
propulsive
the act or process of propelling; a propelling force
prowess
exceptional skill and bravery
quandary
state of perplexity or doubt; a difficult or uncertain situation