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pillory - punish by placing in a wooden frame or pillory; subject or expose to criticism and ridicule; N.
bristle - short stiff hair; V: (hair or fur) stand up stiffly
deleterious - harmful
vaunted - boasted; bragged; highly publicized; V. vaunt: boast; brag
throb - (of a heart or machine) beat rapidly or violently; N. Ex. hearthrob: heartbeat; sweetheart
dowdy - untidy (of a woman or clothes); slovenly; dressed in an unattractive way; shabby; CF. unattractive woman
phoenix - symbol of immortality or rebirth; Ex. phoenix rising from its ashes
rhetoric - art of effective communication; art of using language effectively and persuasively; style of speaking or writing; grandiloquent language; Ex. political rhetoric; ADJ. rhetorical; CF. rhetorical question: question to which no answer is expected as ``Who knows it ?''
foliage - masses of leaves; CF. defoliate
foreboding - premonition of evil; feeling of coming evil; V. forebode: be a warning of (something unpleasant)