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::: cower - shrink quivering as from fear; cringe
::: chasten - discipline; punish in order to correct; CF. castigate
::: denotation - meaning; distinguishing by name; V. denote: indicate; refer to directly; mean; CF. connotation
::: restive - impatiently restless (induced by external coercion or restriction); restlessly impatient; obstinately resisting control; Ex. restive horses because of wolves; CF. not a general synonym for `restless'
::: bauble - trinket; cheap jewel; trifle
::: decree - authoritative order; edict; judgment of a court of law; V: order or judge by decree
::: totem - animal, plant, or natural object serving as a symbol of a clan or family; representation of this; Ex. totem pole
::: augury - omen; prophecy; sign of coming events; V. augur: predict; foretell; be a sign of (something in future)
::: affront - insult; offense; intentional act of disrespect; V: insult or hurt the feelings of intentionally
::: attrition - rubbing away by friction; gradual decrease in numbers or strength; reduction in the work force without firing employees; wearing away of opposition by means of harassment; Ex. a war of attrition