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hackles - hairs on back and neck, especially of a dog; Ex. make someone's hackles rise
debonair - (of men) friendly, charming, and fashionably dressed; aiming to please; CF. of good disposition
preclude - make impossible; prevent; exclude; eliminate
unfetter - liberate; free from chains; V. unfetter
embody - give a bodily form to; incorporate; include
glean - gather leavings; gather grain left behind by reapers; gather bit by bit (facts or information) often with difficulty
portend - foretell; presage; be a sign or warning of; N. portent: sign; omen; forewarning
funereal - sad; solemn; suitable for a funeral
perfunctory - done routinely and with little care; superficial; not thorough; lacking interest, care, or enthusiasm; Ex. perfunctory kiss
avert - prevent; avoid; turn away (eyes or thought); Ex. An accident was averted by his quick thinking; Ex. She averted her eyes from the terrible sight.