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austere - forbiddingly stern; ascetic; without comfort or enjoyment; severely simple and unornamented; Ex. a monk's austere life; Ex. austere grandeur of the cathedral; N. austerity
dissertation - formal essay; treatise
avarice - greediness for wealth
contraband - illegal trade; smuggling; smuggled goods; ADJ.
loath - reluctant; unwilling; disinclined; Ex. Romeo and Juliet were both loath for him to go.
foist - insert improperly; impose upon another by coercion; palm off; pass off as genuine or worthy; CF. fist
compromise - adjust or settle by making mutual concessions; endanger the interests or reputation of; put into danger, disrepute, or a dishonorable position; Ex. compromise one's principle; N.
concerted - mutually agreed on; done together by agreement; Ex. concerted effort; CF. in concert: working together
exchequer - treasury; Ex. Chancellor of the exchequer
raspy - making a harsh noise; grating; harsh