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::: castigation - punishment; severe criticism or disapproval
::: anvil - iron block used in hammering out metals
::: apprehend - arrest (a criminal); dread; perceive; N. apprehension
::: alloy - mixture as of metals; something added that lowers in value or purity; V: mix; make less pure; lower in value or quality; spoil; CF. unalloyed: not in mixture with other maetals; pure; complete; unqualified; Ex. unalloyed happiness
::: blunt - having a dull edge; abrupt and frank in speech or manner; brusque; V: make or become blunt
::: catholic - (of likings and interests) universal; general; broad; including many different parts; wide-ranging liberal; Ex. catholic opinions/tastes
::: contention - assertion; claim; thesis; struggling; competition
::: soporific - sleep-causing; marked by sleepiness; drowsy
::: crotchety - (of someone old) eccentric; odd; whimsical; bad-tempered; N. crotchet: odd or whimsical notion
::: functional - made for practical use only (without decoration); functioning; Ex. functional modern furniture; CF. functionalism