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opaque
preventing light from travelling through, and therefore not transparent or translucent; (formal) describes writing or speech that is difficult to understand
deceptive
making you believe something that is not true
crude
simple and not skilfully done or made; rude and offensive
plummet
to fall or drop straight down at high speed
unprecedented
never having happened or existed in the past
cognizance
to take notice of and consider something, especially when judging
perceive
to come to an opinion about something, or have a belief about something
akin
having some of the same qualities
devastate
to destroy a place or thing completely or cause great damage
inherent
existing in something as a permanent, essential, or characteristic attribute
demise
death; the end of something that was previously considered to be powerful, such as a business, industry, or system
venerable
deserving respect because of age, high position, or religious or historical importance
hazard
something that is dangerous and likely to cause damage, menace
muster
(especially of soldiers) to come together, especially in preparation for fighting, or to cause to do this
stretch
to cause something to reach, often as far as possible, in a particular direction
abduct
to force someone to go somewhere with you, often using threats or violence; kidnap
quench
(literary) to use water to put out a fire; to drink liquid so that you stop being thirsty
smother
to kill someone by covering their face so that they cannot breathe; to stop a fire from burning by covering it with something that prevents air from reaching it
thrifty
showing a careful use of money, especially by avoiding waste
refrain
to avoid doing or stop yourself from doing something
preoccupied
(of a matter or subject) dominate or engross the mind of (someone) to the exclusion of other thoughts
disclose
to make something known publicly, or to show something that was hidden
juvenile
(law) relating to a young person who is not yet old enough to be considered an adult
abolish
to end an activity or custom officially
severity
the quality of being very unkind or unpleasant; seriousness
miser
someone who has a strong wish to have money and hates to spend it
prejudice
an unfair and unreasonable opinion or feeling, especially when formed without enough thought or knowledge
toddler
a young child, especially one who is learning or has recently learned to walk
gauge
to calculate an amount, especially by using a measuring device
in a nutshell
in the fewest possible words
devote
to give all of something, especially your time, effort, or love, or yourself, to something you believe in or to a person
prone
likely to suffer from an illness or show a particular negative characteristic
ambiguous
having or expressing more than one possible meaning, sometimes intentionally