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scrutinize - examine closely and critically; N. scrutiny
encroachment - gradual intrusion; Ex. I resent all these encroachments on my valuable time; V. encroach: take another's possessions or right gradually or stealthily; intrude; Ex. encroach on/upon
agape - openmouthed
incubus - burden; very worriying problem; mental care; nightmare; male devil; CF. succubus
decadence - decay; fall to a lower level (of morality, civilization, or art); ADJ. decadent
apocryphal - (of a story) widely believed but untrue
circumscribe - limit; confine; draw a line around
forthcoming - happening in the near future; ready; willing to help; Ex. No answer was forthcoming.
perfidious - treacherous; disloyal; N. perfidy: treachery
gouge - tear out; cut out (as if with a gouge); Ex. gouge his eyes out; N: chisel for cutting out hollow areas in wood