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rationalize - make rational; devise false reasons for (one's behavior); offer an excuse; give a plausible reason for an action in place of a true, less admirable ones; N. rationalization
esoteric - hard to understand; known only to the chosen few, esp. initiates; N. esoterica
compassion - sympathy for the suffering of others; ADJ. compassionate
pillory - punish by placing in a wooden frame or pillory; subject or expose to criticism and ridicule; N.
receptive - quick or willing to receive (ideas, suggestions, etc.); Ex. receptive to the proposal
bleak - cold or cheerless; frigid; unlikely to be favorable; depressing
pertinacious - holding tenaciously to an action; stubborn; persistent
militia - army composed of ordinary citizens rather than professional soldiers
indulge - yield to; gratify; allow oneself a special pleasure; Ex. indulge one's every whim/a child/in a big cigarette; N. indulgence
enthrall - capture; enslave; captivate; hold the complete attention of (as if magic); hold spellbound