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::: stricture - severe and adverse criticism; critical comments; limit or restriction
::: anneal - reduce brittleness and improve toughness by heating and cooling (metal or glass)
::: suppress - put an end to forcibly; subdue; stifle; overwhelm; inhibit the expression of; check; prevent from being published or made public; Ex. suppress a smile; Ex. suppress the magazine/truth
::: decrepitude - state of collapse or weakness caused by illness or old age
::: scrappy - quarrelsome
::: brand - trademark; mark burned on the hide of an animal; mark burned into the flesh of criminals; mark of disgrace; V: mark with a brand; give a lasting bad name; stigmatize; Ex. The press branded him a liar.
::: ornithologist - scientific student of birds; N. ornithology: scientific study of birds
::: potential - expressing possibility; latent; N: capacity for growth
::: chancellor - legal official of high rank; CF. chancellery(chancellory): position of a chancellor
::: countermand - cancel; revoke (an order)