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::: nepotism - favoritism (to a relative); CF. nephew
::: perforate - pierce; put a hole through
::: accolade - award of merit; strong praise and approval
::: parched - extremely dry; very thirsty; V. parch: make or become extremely dry (by exposure to heat)
::: spawn - lay eggs (in large numbers); produce offspring (in large numbers); N: eggs of aquatic animals
::: allure - entice; attract; tempt
::: intimidate - frighten; N. intimidation
::: sap - diminish; weaken; undermine the foundations of (a fortification); Ex. The element kryptonite sapped his strength.
::: zest - outer skin of an orange used for giving a special taste to food; spice; interest; flavor; spirited enjoyment; Ex. add a certain zest to the affair; Ex. zest for life
::: refute - disprove; prove to be false; N. refutation