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castigate(v)
scold strongly
destitution(n)
A state without friends or money or prospects; hardship; poverty; misery
incantation(n)
A ritual recitation of words or sounds believed to have a magical effect
lynch(v)
Kill without legal sanction; assassinate; illegal hanging
overt(adj)
Open and observable; not secret or hidden

opp. covert
predicament(n)
dilemma; difficult situation
catharsis(n)
flushing of emotional tensions
machinations(n)
plots and plans
overwrought(adj)
Deeply agitated especially from emotion
Syn.- distraught
preeminent(adj)
Greatest in importance or degree or significance or achievement
" a preeminent archaeologist"
sardonic(adj)
Disdainfully or ironically humorous; scornful and mocking
unalloyed(adj)
(used of metals) pure
analgesic(n/adj)
(n)A medicine used to relieve pain
(adj)Capable of relieving pain
caucus(n)
A closed (or private) political meeting
exposition(n)
1. clear explanation
2. A collection of things (goods or works of art etc.) for public display ; exhibition
frantic(adj)
extremely agitated; excited; marked by uncontrolled emotion
"a frantic search"
conflagration(n)
great fire
cupidity(n)
extreme greed for material wealth
Syn.: avarice
epilogue(n)
1. A short speech addressed directly to the audience by an actor at the end of a play
2. A short passage added at the end of a literary work
preemption(n)
an earlier appropriation of something
"the preemption of bandwidth by commercial interests"