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billow - large wave of water; a great swell or surge (of smoke); V: surge, swell, roll in billows
duress - forcible restraint, especially unlawfully; coercion by threat; illegal coercion; Ex. a promise made under duress
wring - twist (to extract liquid); extract by twisting; wrench painfully (necks or hands)
anomaly - irregularity
quail - cower; shrink back in fear; lose heart
assuage - mak less severe; ease or lessen (pain); satisfy (hunger); soothe (anger)
smattering - slight knowledge; small scattered number or amount; Ex. smattering of German
juridical - of the law and its administration; CF. judicial: of courts of law; CF. judiciary
cathartic - purgative; medicine that causes the bowels to empty; ADJ.
epaulet - (epaulette) ornament worn on the shoulder (of a uniform, etc.)