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::: anecdote - short story of an amusing or interesting event
::: paraphernalia - equipment; odds and ends used in a particular activity; personal belongings; Ex. photographic paraphernalia; CF. married woman's property exclusive of her dowry
::: memorialize - commemorate
::: profusion - great amount; plenty; overabundance; excess; lavish expenditure; Ex. profusion of choices; ADJ. profuse: plentiful; copious; giving or given abundantly; extravagant
::: millennium - thousand-year period (as in the New Testament); hoped-for period of happiness and prosperity
::: debase - degrade; reduce in quality or value; degenerate; lower in esteem; disgrace; N. debasement
::: haunt - (of a spirit) visit (a place); come to mind continually; visit (a place) regularly; frequent; Ex. haunted house; Ex. haunted by his last words; N: place much frequented
::: hut - crude dwelling; shack
::: mortify - humiliate by embarassing excessively; shame; punish the flesh; discipline (one's body) by self-denial; Ex. mortified by her blunder; Ex. mortify the flesh; CF. cause to die
::: dissuade - persuade not to do; discourage; N. dissuasion