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effluvium - noxious(harmful) smell
contend - struggle; compete; assert earnestly; state strongly
preempt - prevent in advance; head off(forestall); forestall by acting first; appropriate for oneself before others; supplant; take the place of; displace; Ex. preempt any attempts; ADJ. preemptive
rakish - jaunty; stylish; sporty; morally corrupt; dissolute; Ex. He wore his hat at a rakish and jaunty angle.
reprieve - postponement or cancelation of a punishment; temporary stay; V: postpone or cancel the punishment of
catharsis - purging or cleansing of any passage of the body; purging and weakening of strong emotions as a result of experiencing a dramatic work of art
bogus - counterfeit; not authentic; intentionally false; Ex. bogus interview
headstrong - willful; stubborn; unyielding; determined to have one's own way; CF. no 'excessive'
pyromaniac - person with an insane desire to set things on fire
glaze - cover with a thin and shiny surface; apply a glaze to; N: thin, smooth, shiny coating (as for pottery); Ex. unglazed pottery