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mural - wall painting
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
efficacy - power to produce desired effect; ADJ. efficacious: effectual
killjoy - grouch; spoilsport; one who intentionally spoils the pleasure of others
sublimate - refine; purify; replace (natural urges) with socially acceptable activities; change between a solid state and a gaseous state
recidivism - habitual return to crime (even after being punished); N. recidivist
brood - sit on in order to hatch; think deeply or worry anxiously; N: the young of certain animals; group of young birds hatched at one time
squalor - condition of being squalid; filth; degradation; dirty neglected state; ADJ. squalid: dirty; sordid; morally repulsive; Ex. squalid story
hostility - unfriendliness; hatred; enmity; ADJ. hostile
infernal - pertaining to hell; devilish; N. inferno: place of fiery heat or destruction