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gradation - series of gradual stages; degree in such a progression
tractable - docile; easily managed; (of something) easily changed or molded; N. tractability
renounce - abandon; give up (by formal announcement); disown; repudiate; Ex. renounce one's claim to the property/one's religion; N. renunciation
pique - irritation; resentment from wounded pride (eg. loss in a contest); V: provoke; arouse; annoy; cause to feel resentment; Ex. pique her curiosity
fluster - confuse; make nervous and confused; N.
loathe - detest; ADJ. loathsome: arousing loathing; offensive; Ex. loathsome smell
paramount - foremost in importance; supreme; CF. para-: beyond; above; Ex. paranormal
propriety - fitness; quality of being proper; correct conduct; conformity to prevailing customs and usages; CF. proprietor, proprietary
withstand - stand up against; resist successfully
quintessence - purest and highest embodiment; perfect example; apotheosis; most essential element; Ex. quintessence of wit; ADJ. quintessential; CF. fifth essence