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ascendancy - controlling influence; position of controlling influence; CF. in the ascendant
mangle - tear or cut to pieces; mutilate or disfigure; Ex. badly mangled bodies
fugitive - fleeting or transitory; lasting only a short time; roving(wandering); running away or fleeing as from the law; N: one who flees; Ex. fugitives at large
embryonic - undeveloped; rudimentary; N. embryo: organism in the early stage of development
refraction - bending of a ray of light
galvanize - stimulate or shock by an electric current; stimulate by shock; shock into action; stir up; coat with rust-resistant zinc by using electricity
interjection - exclamation; Ex. ``Ouch''
isthmus - narrow neck of land connecting two larger bodies of land
spoonerism - accidental transposition of sounds in successive words; Ex. ``Let me sew you to your sheet'' for ``Let me show you to your seat''; CF. William Spooner
scourge - lash; whip (formerly used for punishment); source of severe punishment; V: whip; afflict