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filial - pertaining to or befitting a son or daughter; Ex. filial respect
rancid - having the odor of stale or decomposing fat; rank
luster - shine; gloss (of a polished surface)
consecrate - dedicate; sanctify; declare as sacred; Ex. consecrate one's life to helping the poor
beleaguer - besiege or attack (with an army); harass; beset
gaunt - lean and angular; thin and bony; emaciated; barren
foppish - vain about dress and appearance; N. fop: man who takes too much interest in his clothes and appearance
hallowed - blessed; consecrated; Ex. hallowed ground; V. hallow: set apart as holy
rationalize - make rational; devise false reasons for (one's behavior); offer an excuse; give a plausible reason for an action in place of a true, less admirable ones; N. rationalization
espionage - spying