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ascetic - practicing self-denial; avoiding physical pleasures and comforts; austere; Ex. ascetic life of Buddhist monks; N. asceticism
synthesis - combining parts or separate things into a whole; the whole so formed; PL. syntheses; V. synthesize
probity - uprightness; honesty; incorruptibility
impassable - not able to be traveled or crossed
retract - withdraw; take back; draw back; Ex. retract a statement/an offer/claws; N. retraction; CF. retractile
taper - very thin candle; gradual decrease in the width of a long object; V. make or become gradually narrower toward one end
marsupial - one of a family of mammals that nurse their offspring in a pouch(pocket of skin or leather); CF. kangaroo, opossum, wombat
scourge - lash; whip (formerly used for punishment); source of severe punishment; V: whip; afflict
petrify - turn to stone; cause to become stonelike; stun or paralyze
dregs - sediment in a liquid; lees; worthless residue