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::: runic - mysterious; set down in an ancient alphabet; N. rune: one of the letters of an alphabet used by ancient Germanic peoples (cut on stone or wood); magic charm
::: forswear - renounce under oath; abandon; make a solemn promise to give up; CF. abjure
::: exodus - departure (of a large number of people)
::: crypt - secret recess or vault usually used for burial; underground room (under a church)
::: semblance - outward appearance; guise; Ex. We called in the troops to bring a/some semblance of order to the city.
::: missile - object to be thrown or projected
::: bowdlerize - expurgate; CF. Thomas Bowdler
::: malaise - uneasiness; vague feeling of ill health (without any particular pain or appearance of disease)
::: threadbare - worn through till the threads show; shabby and poor; hackneyed; Ex. threadbare excuses
::: probity - uprightness; honesty; incorruptibility