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::: mesmerize - hypnotize; N. mesmerism; CF. Franz Mesmer
::: construe - explain; interpret; Ex. construe her silence as meaning that she agreed; CF. misconstrue
::: degenerate - become worse in quality; deteriorate; ADJ: having become worse; Ex. a degenerate species; N: depraved or corrupt person
::: paramour - illicit lover
::: precipice - cliff; dangerous position; Ex. on the edge of the precipice
::: defame - harm someone's reputation; malign; speak evil of; slander; N. defamation; ADJ. defamatory
::: apprehend - arrest (a criminal); dread; perceive; N. apprehension
::: propriety - fitness; quality of being proper; correct conduct; conformity to prevailing customs and usages; CF. proprietor, proprietary
::: repress - hold back (the natural expression of); restrain; crush; oppress; Ex. repressed child; Ex. repress a laugh/rebellion
::: mystic - of hidden meaning and spiritual power; Ex. mystic ceremonies; N. CF. mysticism