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surveillance - close observation of a person (esp. one under suspicion); watching; guarding
executioner - person administering capital punishment
threadbare - worn through till the threads show; shabby and poor; hackneyed; Ex. threadbare excuses
aerie - (aery,eyrie,eyry) nest of a large bird of prey
furtive - stealthy; quiet and secret (trying to escape notice); sneaky; Ex. furtive glance
invoke - call and bring into use (a right or law); call on/upon (a higher power or god) for help; ask for; beg for; conjure (a spirit); Ex. invoke the veto power; Ex. invoke one's advisor/God
avantgarde - group of artists whose work is based on the newest ideas and methods; CF. vanguard
trappings - outward decorations; ornaments (as an outward sign of rank)
crestfallen - dejected; dispirited
florid - ruddy; (of a complexion) reddish; flowery; very ornate; CF. rose