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ABASH
to destroy the self-possession or self-confidence of : DISCONCERT
AUSPICIOUS
FAVORABLE, attended by good, properous
DEFERENCE
respect and esteem due a superior or an elder; also : affected or ingratiating regard for another's wishes
DEMEANOR
behavior toward others : outward manner
GUISE
: a form or style of dress : COSTUME
2 a obsolete : MANNER, FASHION b archaic : a customary way of speaking or behaving
3 a : external appearance : SEMBLANCE b : PRETEXT
IMMEMORIAL
extending or existing since beyond the reach of memory, record, or tradition
OCCULT
to shut off from view or exposure : COVER, ECLIPSE
PURPORT
meaning conveyed, professed, or implied : IMPORT
SARTORIAL
of or relating to a tailor or tailored clothes; broadly : of or relating to clothes
SYNDICATE
2 : an association of persons officially authorized to undertake a duty or negotiate business
3 a : a group of persons or concerns who combine to carry out a particular transaction or project b : CARTEL 2 c : a loose association of racketeers in control of organized crime
4 : a business concern that sells materials for publication in a number of newspapers or periodicals simultaneously
5 : a group of newspapers under one management
ARBITRARY
depending on individual discretion (as of a judge) and not fixed by law ; not restrained or limited in the exercise of power : ruling by absolute authority ; based on or determined by individual preference or convenience rather than by necessity or the intrinsic nature of something
BROWBEAT
to intimidate or disconcert by a stern manner or arrogant speech : BULLY
BUREAUCRACY
a body of nonelective government officials b : an administrative policy-making group
2 : government characterized by specialization of functions, adherence to fixed rules, and a hierarchy of authority
3 : a system of administration marked by officialism, red tape, and proliferation
CONTRABAND
illegal or prohibited traffic in goods : SMUGGLING
2 : goods or merchandise whose importation, exportation, or possession is forbidden; also : smuggled goods
3 : a slave who during the American Civil War escaped to or was brought within the Union lines
INANE
EMPTY, INSUBSTANTIAL
2 : lacking significance, meaning, or point : SILLY
POLITIC
POLITICAL
2 : characterized by shrewdness in managing, contriving, or dealing
3 : sagacious in promoting a policy
4 : shrewdly tactful
PREMEDITATED
to think about and revolve in the mind beforehand
intransitive verb : to think, consider, or deliberate beforehand
PROXY
the agency, function, or office of a deputy who acts as a substitute for another
2 a : authority or power to act for another b : a document giving such authority; specifically : a power of attorney authorizing a specified person to vote corporate stock
3 : a person authorized to act for another
SCAPEGOAT
a goat upon whose head are symbolically placed the sins of the people after which he is sent into the wilderness in the biblical ceremony for Yom Kippur
2 a : one that bears the blame for others b : one that is the object of irrational hostility
TRANSIENT
passing especially quickly into and out of existence : passing through or by a place with only a brief stay or sojourn ; affecting something or producing results beyond itself