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Barring
except for; unless there is/are
Haughty
ARROGANT behaving in an unfriendly way towards other people because you think that you are better than them
Envoy
someone who is sent as a representative from one government or organization to another
Unbeknownst
____ to sb | without a particular person knowing
Gay
(old-fashioned) brightly coloured
Languish
to become weaker or fail to make progress
Perk
(formal perquisite) [usually plural] something you receive as well as your wages for doing a particular job
Perquisite
___ of sb | something to which somebody has a special right because of their social position
Ransom
money that is paid to somebody so that they will set free a person who is being kept as a prisoner by them
Hobble
to walk with difficulty, especially because your feet or legs hurt | synonym limp
Kitsch
(of a work of art, an object, etc.) popular but considered to have no real artistic value and to be lacking in good taste
Muzzle
the nose and mouth of an animal, especially a dog or a horse
Tawdry
intended to be bright and attractive but cheap and of low quality
Thaw
( ____ out ) (of ice and snow) to turn back into water after being frozen
Jaded
tired and bored, usually because you have had too much of something