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::: chasten - discipline; punish in order to correct; CF. castigate
::: gentility - those of gentle birth; high social class; refinement; quality of being genteel
::: blanch - bleach; whiten; make white or pale
::: deprecate - express disapproval of; deplore; protest against; belittle; ADJ. deprecatory
::: quell - suppress; put an end to; put down forcibly; extinguish; quiet; Ex. ``Army Quells Rebellion'' in newspaper; CF. kill
::: xenophobia - fear or hatred of foreigners; N. xenophobe
::: abstruse - obscure; profound; difficult to understand
::: explicate - explain in detail; interpret; clarify; CF. explicable
::: instigate - start; urge; provoke; incite; Ex. instigate a search/quarrel
::: herpetologist - one who studies reptiles; CF. herpetology: branch of zoology that deals with reptiles and amphibians