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defoliate - destroy leaves; deprive of leaves (by the use of chemicals); N. defoliant
stygian - unpleasantly dark; gloomy; hellish; deathly; CF. Styx: the chief river in the subterranean land of the dead
comprehend - include; understand
defiance - refusal to yield; resistance; V. defy; ADJ. defiant
sever - separate; cut off (a part) from a whole; break up (a relationship); N. severance; CF. severance pay: extra pay given an employee upon leaving a position
induce - persuade; lead to do something; bring about; N. inducement
gangrene - decay of body tissue caused by insufficient blood supply (usually following injury); ADJ. gangrenous
commonwealth - nation governed by the people; republic; people of a nation
reverent - respectful; worshipful; V. revere: regard with reverence; N. reverence: profound respect
brusque - blunt; abrupt; curt; not wanting to waste time being nice