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penury - extreme poverty; stinginess; ADJ. penurious: very poor; stingy
stymie - thwart; present an obstacle; stump
circlet - small ring; band of gold, silver, jewel, etc. (worn on the head, arms, or neck as decoration)
deface - mar; disfigure
nondescript - undistinctive; ordinary; ordinary-looking; Ex. nondescript fellow in a crowd
distend - expand; swell out
mesmerize - hypnotize; N. mesmerism; CF. Franz Mesmer
parquet - floor made of wood strips inlaid in a mosaic like matter; CF. strip: long narrow piece
recidivism - habitual return to crime (even after being punished); N. recidivist
circumvent - outwit; defeat by behaving more cleverly; outsmart; baffle; avoid; get around