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maculated - spotted; stained; CF. immaculate
influx - flowing into
salient - prominent; projecting beyond a line; conspicuous; Ex. salient features
paradox - something apparently contradictory in nature (that may nonetheless be true); statement that looks false but is actually correct
punctilious - minutely attentive (perhaps too much so) to fine points; stressing niceties of conduct or form; N. punctilio, punctiliousness: careful attention payed to every small exact detail
strew - spread randomly; sprinkle; scatter; Ex. flower girl strewing rose petals
clemency - disposition to be lenient in deciding punishments; mildness as of the weather; ADJ. clement
belie - contradict; give a false impression; disguise; Ex. The poor sales belied our high hopes; Ex. Her smile belies her true feeling of displeasure.
purgatory - place of spiritual expiation; temporary state or place in which the souls must expiate their sins
compendium - brief, comprehensive summary; ADJ. compendious