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respite - time for rest; interval of relief; delay in punishment; reprieve
blighted - suffering from a disease; destroyed
acquiesce - assent; agree passively; comply without protest
slaughter - killing of animals for food; massacre; V: butcher (animals) for food; kill in large numbers
fetter - shackle; restrict the freedom of; N. chain or shackle for the foot of a prisoner; CF. foot
flounder - struggle and thrash about; proceed clumsily or falter (as in water, mud, snow, etc.); proceed in confusion
contravene - contradict; oppose; violate (a rule, law, or custom); N. contravention
extenuate - weaken; mitigate; lessen the seriousness of (bad behavior)
corroborate - confirm; support; strengthen
cede - yield (title or territory) to (esp. after losing a war); surrender formally; N. cession