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::: repulse - reject with rudeness or coldness (an offer or friendship); drive back (an enemy attack); CF. repulse $\neq$ cause repulsion
::: benefactor - gift giver; patron; person who does good or who gives money for a good purpose
::: circumscribe - limit; confine; draw a line around
::: solstice - point or time at which the sun is farthest from the equator
::: reprobation - severe disapproval; CF. approbation
::: genealogy - record of descent; lineage; ancestry; study of ancestry
::: upbraid - reprimand; severely scold
::: swill - drink greedily
::: caulk - (calk) make watertight (by blocking up cracks as in a ship)
::: suffocate - die or kill from lack of air; suppress