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despot - tyrant; harsh, authoritarian ruler; CF. despotism
grate - make a harsh noise; have an unpleasant effect; shred by rubbing against a rough surface; Ex. grated cheese N: framework of metal bars to hold fuel in a fireplace
phalanx - formation of infantry carrying overlapping shields and long spears; group of men packed together (for attack or defense)
jocund - merry
subsistence - existence; means of subsisting; means of support; livelihood; V. subsist: exist; maintain life (at a meager level)
ration - fixed portion; V: distribute as rations
wrongheaded - stubbornly wrong
epaulet - (epaulette) ornament worn on the shoulder (of a uniform, etc.)
thrifty - careful about money; economical; N. thrift
rousing - lively; inducing excitement; stirring; V. rouse: waken; arouse from sleep or depression; excite; stir up