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desecrate - profane; violate the sanctity of
context - writings preceding and following the passage quoted; circumstance in which an event occurs
usury - lending money at illegal high rates of interest
exploit - make use of, sometimes unjustly; N. exploitation
fulcrum - support on which a lever rests or pivots
saccharine - cloying sweet; characteristic of sugar or saccharin
vex - annoy; distress
mortify - humiliate by embarassing excessively; shame; punish the flesh; discipline (one's body) by self-denial; Ex. mortified by her blunder; Ex. mortify the flesh; CF. cause to die
acute - (of the senses) sharp; quickly perceptive; keen; penetrating; brief and severe; Ex. acute sense of smell/analysis/pain
gorge - narrow canyon; steep rocky cleft; ravine (made by a stream which runs through it)