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::: blight - plant disease; V: infect with blight; ruin; destroy
::: diversion - act of turning aside; pastime; V. divert: turn aside from a course; distract; amuse
::: gerrymander - change voting district lines in order to favor a political party; N. CF. Elbridge Gerry + (sala)mander
::: penance - self-imposed punishment for sin; Ex. do penance for one's sins; CF. penitent
::: mandate - order; charge; authoritative command; power to govern another country; power to given to a government; region under administration; V: give a mandate to; place under a mandate; Ex. mandated territory
::: upbraid - reprimand; severely scold
::: esoteric - hard to understand; known only to the chosen few, esp. initiates; N. esoterica
::: headlong - hasty; rash; headfirst; ADV.
::: savory - pleasant in taste; tasty; pleasing, attractive, or agreeable; Ex. savory reputation
::: impious - irreverent