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scapegoat - someone who bears the blame for others; whipping boy; CF. escape+goat
repress - hold back (the natural expression of); restrain; crush; oppress; Ex. repressed child; Ex. repress a laugh/rebellion
hyperbole - exaggeration; overstatement; ADJ. hyperbolic: of hyperbole; of a hyperbola
conjure - cause to appear by magic; summon (a devil or a spirit) by magical power; practice magic (esp. by very quick movement of the hands); evoke; conjure up: bring into the mind; Ex. The magician conjured a rabbit out of his hat.
atavism - resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents; reversion to an earlier type; throwback; ADJ. atavistic
insubordination - disobedience; rebelliousness; ADJ. insubordinate
consonant - harmonious; in agreement; N.
incarnate - endowed with flesh; invested with bodily form; personified; Ex. devil incarnate; V: give bodily form to; embody
bluff - pretense (of strength); deception; high cliff; ADJ: rough but good-natured
spurn - reject disdainfully; scorn; Ex. She spurned all offers of help.