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::: harrowing - agonizing; distressing; traumatic; V. harrow: break up and level (soil) with a harrow; inflict great distress on; agonize; N: farming machine to break up the earth
::: codify - arrange (laws or rules) as a code; classify; N. code: system of words used instead of ordinary writing; collection of laws, rules, established social customs
::: succumb - yield (to something overwhelming); give in; die; Ex. succumb to the illness
::: gadfly - animal-biting fly; irritating person
::: smear - spread or cover with a sticky substance; N: mark made by smearing
::: padre - chaplain (in the armed forces)
::: refraction - bending of a ray of light
::: requite - make return for; repay; reciprocate; revenge; N. requittal
::: incursion - temporary invasion; CF. excursion: short journey
::: pristine - unspoiled; remaining in a pure state; characteristic of earlier times; primitive; Ex. an old book in pristine condition