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plummet
(v.) to plunge straight down; (n.) a weight fastened to a line
proclaim
(v.) to declare publicly or officially
rankle
(v.) to cause anger, irritation, or bitterness (with the suggestion that the pain grows worse with time)
scavenger
(n.) a person who collects or removes usable items from waste materials; an animal that feeds on refuse or dead bodies
stint
(v.) to limit, be sparing or frugal; (n.) a limit or restriction; a fixed share of work or duty; a period of activity
stoical
(adj.) self-controlled; not showing feeling in response to pleasure or pain
unflagging
(v.) tireless, continuing with vigor
apt
(adj.) suitable, fitting, likely; quick to learn
bludgeon
(n.) a short club used as a weapon; (v.) to strike with a heavy club; to use force or strong arguments to gain some point
capitulate
(v.) to end resistance, give up, surrender, throw in the towel
chafe
(v.) to warm by rubbing; to wear sore by rubbing; to feel annoyance or dissatisfaction, annoy, irk; to strain or press against; (n.) a sore or injury caused by rubbing
defile
(v., trans.) to make unclean or dirty, destroy the purity of; (v., intrans.) to march in a single line or in columns; (n.) a narrow passage; gorge, canyon
dire
(adj.) dreadful, causing fear or suffering; warning of trouble to come; demanding immediate action to avoid disaster
disarming
(adj.) charming, tending to get rid of unfriendliness or suspicion
disgruntled
(adj., part.) in bad humor, discontented, annoyed