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archaic - antiquated; no longer used; belonging to the past; N.
privation - lack of the basic necessities or comforts of life; hardship; want; CF. deprive
satyr - half-human, half-bestial being in the court of Dionysus (resembling a goat), portrayed as wanton(unrestrained) and cunning; lecher; CF. faun; CF. goat: lecherous man
contravene - contradict; oppose; violate (a rule, law, or custom); N. contravention
plaintive - expressing sorrow; mournful; Ex. plaintive song
smirk - conceited smile; offensively self-satisfied smile (often at someone else's misfortune); V.
knack - special talent; art
predispose - give an inclination toward (in advance); make susceptible to; Ex. predispose people to certain cancer; N. predisposition
maniacal - raging mad; insane; N. maniac: insane person; CF. mania: disorder of the mind; intense enthusiasm
verisimilitude - appearance of truth; quality of appearing to be true or real; likelihood; Ex. verisimilitude of her performance as Lady Macbeth