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disfigure - mar the appearance of; spoil
pedant - scholar who overemphasizes book learning, trivial details of learning, or technicalities
elaborate - work out carefully; add more detail or information; ADJ.
sophist - teacher of philosophy; quibbler; employer of fallacious reasoning; N. sophism: plausible but fallacious argument
propinquity - nearness (in space or relationship); proximity; kinship
pessimism - belief that life is basically bad or evil; gloominess; tendency to take the gloomiest possible view of a situation; ADJ. pessimistic
instigate - start; urge; provoke; incite; Ex. instigate a search/quarrel
retribution - deserved punishment for wrongdoing; punishment for offenses; compensation; vengeance; CF. pay back
noxious - harmful; CF. obnoxious
amalgam - combination of different things; mixture of metals (containing mercury) used for filling holes in teeth