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assuage

He tried to assuage his guilt by denying he was directly involved in the crime.
to ease; to calm
brandish

He brandished a knife at the policeman as he tried to arrest him.
to wave menacingly
cyncial

She is always cynical when people compliment her.
scornful of the motives of others
demoralize

He was demoralized by the homework and his work schedule at Jewel.
to weaken the spirit
despair

She was in despair that her dog was so sick.
lack of hope
dignify

The queen is a very dignified position in the government.
to add to the prestige of
engulf

He was engulfed by the surging wave.
to overwhelm; surround toatally
ennoble

The knight was ennobled by the title of "Sir".
to add to the honor of; to dignify
grotesque

The beast was very grotesque with two heads and nine eyes.
strange; distorted
impede

The kitten sitting in the middle of the road impeded traffic.
to block; to obstruct the way of
inert

He was so exhausted from his heavy workload that he sat inertly at the dinner table.
unable to move or act
magnificent

"The Lion King" is a magnificent Broadway show.
outstanding; lavish
menace

The escaped convict was a menace to society.
threat; annoying person
minimize

To fit everything on one side of the page we had to minimize the print.
reduce to the smallest possible amount
misconception

There was a misconception among the scientists about how the brain works.
incorrect understanding
overtake

The horse came from behind to overtake the first place horse.
to take by surprise; to catch up with
profound

The theory of relativity is a profound discovery.
absolute; deep; far reaching
sheepishly

She spoke sheepishly about all her awards.
in an embarrassed way
splendor

The splendor of the mountain range stretching across the horizon was breathtaking.
brillance; magnificence
staid

The elderly lady was elegant but staid.
serious, reserved in behavior