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retiring - shy and reserved (of a person); modest; Ex. her retiring personality
chaff - worthless products of an endeavor; husk(outer seed cover) separated from grain; Ex. separate the wheat from the chaff
scabbard - case for a sword blade; sheath
clout - great influence (especially political or social); hard blow with fist
strew - spread randomly; sprinkle; scatter; Ex. flower girl strewing rose petals
emancipate - set free; liberate
opprobrium - infamy; disgrace arising from shameful conduct; vilification(slander); scorn; contempt; Ex. opprobrium hurled against him; ADJ. opprobrious: expressing contempt; shameful or infamous
propitiate - appease; conciliate; make peaceful; ADJ. propitiatory
assurance - firm statement that something is certainly true; promise or pledge; certainty; confidence in one's own ability; self-confidence; Ex. In spite of all his assurances, he did not come back; Ex. assurance of his loyalty; Ex. The teacher lacked assurance in fron of his class; V. assure; tell firmly with confidence; ensure; make (something) certain to heappen; make (someone) feel sure; give confidence to; ADJ. assured: self-assured; confident in one's own ability; showing certainty
madrigal - pastoral song; song for several singers without instruments