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sublimate - refine; purify; replace (natural urges) with socially acceptable activities; change between a solid state and a gaseous state
warrant - justification; written order that serves as authorization (esp. a judicial writ); Ex. search/death warrant; V: justify; guarantee
ossify - change or harden into bone; become hard and unchanging in one's ideas
avuncular - of or like an uncle
prefigure - be a sign of; foreshadow
infirmity - weakness
emblazon - ornament richly (a shield or flag); N. emblazonment
distill - refine (a liquid by evaporating and subsequent condensation); concentrate; separate the most important parts from; Ex. distill fresh water from sea water; CF. brew
microcosm - small representative world; world in miniature; Ex. microcosm of English society
practical - based on experience; of or acquired through practice (rather than theory); useful; Ex. practical man