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::: overt - open to view; public; not secret; CF. covert
::: mortify - humiliate by embarassing excessively; shame; punish the flesh; discipline (one's body) by self-denial; Ex. mortified by her blunder; Ex. mortify the flesh; CF. cause to die
::: conclave - private secret meeting
::: shard - fragment generally of broken pottery (glass, clay bowl, or cup)
::: worldly - engrossed in matters of this earth; not spiritual; of the material world
::: vicarious - experienced as if one were taking part in the experience of another; done by a deputy for other people; acting as a substitute; Ex. vicarious thrill at the movies; Ex. the vicarious sufferings of Christ
::: mayhem - injury to body; crime of willfully maiming or crippling a person; violent disorder; Ex. mayhem in the zoo; CF. maim
::: poignancy - quality of being deeply moving; keenness of emotion; ADJ. poignant: touching; deeply moving; (of sorrow, grief, etc.) painful; keenly distressing to the mind; Ex. poignant memory/anxiety; CF. prick
::: compulsory - obligatory; that must be done
::: addle - make or become confused; muddle; drive crazy; become rotten (egg)