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prevail - be widespread; triumph over; gain victory; prevail on: persuade; induce; Ex. Justice has prevailed; Ex. prevail on someone to do something
assumption - something taken for granted; the taking over or taking possession of; Ex. her assumption of power; V. assume
ichthyology - study of fish; CF. ichthyo-: fish
chuckle - laugh quietly
exodus - departure (of a large number of people)
endearment - fond word or act; expression of affection
cathartic - purgative; medicine that causes the bowels to empty; ADJ.
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
immolate - offer or kill as a sacrifice (by fire)
assurance - firm statement that something is certainly true; promise or pledge; certainty; confidence in one's own ability; self-confidence; Ex. In spite of all his assurances, he did not come back; Ex. assurance of his loyalty; Ex. The teacher lacked assurance in fron of his class; V. assure; tell firmly with confidence; ensure; make (something) certain to heappen; make (someone) feel sure; give confidence to; ADJ. assured: self-assured; confident in one's own ability; showing certainty