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castigate
scold; inflict severe punishment on; censure or criticize harshly; chastise
divisive
tending to cause disagreements that separate people into opposing groups
antiseptic
adj. killing germs
bilk
v. rip off, cheat
panoply
n. impressive array
prostrate
adj. lying face down
inarticulate
unable to express oneself clearly or easily in speech
anthology
n. collection of texts eg poetry
debacle
fiasco; complete failure
becalm
leave a ship motionless because of wind; make calm or still
conformist
n. one who conforms to rules
blandish
persuade through flattery; cajole
defamatory
insulting, libellous
deplete
v. reduce or lessen, as by use, exhaustion, or waste
consanguineous
being a blood relative
inquisitor
one who conducts an official investigation (especially a very harsh and rigorous one)
interpose
1. put sth between other things 2. interrupt conversation
usury
the practice of lending money for profit (usually at unreasonable interest rates)
laudatory
praising
seminal
influential, containing important ideas and having great influence on later work
jocular
adj. in a jokey spirit
paradigm
typical example, pattern or model
behemoth
1. enormous monster 2. something of monstrous size or power
emollient
1. soothing the skin 2. calming (situation, argument)
travesty
n. a vulgar and inappropriate representation of something, parody
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