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alliteration - repetition of beginning sound in poetry
overturn - turn over; capsize; topple
defection - desertion
vitriolic - causing sharp pain to the mind; caustic; corrosive; sarcastic; of vitriol; N. vitriol: sulphuric acid (which burns flesh deeply); bitterly abusive expression; caustic expression; CF. glass
polemic - attack or defense of an opinion; controversy or refutation; argument in support of point of view; N. polemics: art of debate or controversy
rancor - long-lasting hatred; bitterness; Ex. negotiation without rancor; ADJ. rancorous
steep - soak; saturate; Ex. steep the fabric in the dye bath; ADJ: precipitous
stygian - unpleasantly dark; gloomy; hellish; deathly; CF. Styx: the chief river in the subterranean land of the dead
adore - love deeply and respect highly
penance - self-imposed punishment for sin; Ex. do penance for one's sins; CF. penitent