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cauterize - burn (a wound or snakebite, etc.) with hot iron or caustic substance to stop bleeding and prevent infection
vagrant - wandering from place to place; roving; stray; moving in a random fashion; Ex. vagrant thoughts; N. vagrancy
inception - start; beginning
universal - characterizing or affecting all; general; present everywhere; of the universe; cosmic; Ex. universal agreement; Ex. a subject of universal interest
egoism - excessive interest in one's self; belief that one should be interested in one's self rather than in others; selfishness; ADJ. egoistic, egoistical
winnow - sift; separate the chaff from grain by blowing; separate good parts from bad; CF. wind
posture - assume an affected pose; act artificially; N: pose; attitude
fanfare - call by bugles or trumpets; showy display; spectacular public display
defer - give in respectfully; submit; delay till later; exempt temporarily; N. deferment; CF. show respect, comply with, courteous
dormant - sleeping; temporarily inactive; lethargic; latent