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explicate - explain in detail; interpret; clarify; CF. explicable
wrest - obtain by pulling violently; pull away; take by violence; Ex. wrest victory from their grasp
brand - trademark; mark burned on the hide of an animal; mark burned into the flesh of criminals; mark of disgrace; V: mark with a brand; give a lasting bad name; stigmatize; Ex. The press branded him a liar.
unwonted - unaccustomed; unusual; Ex. He arrived with unwonted punctuality.
squelch - produce a splashing sound (when stepping through mud); crush; squash; CF.
legislature - legislating branch of government; CF. legislate: make laws
intimate - hint; suggest; imply; ADJ: marked by close relationship; familiar; private; personal; Ex. intimate knowledge/thoughts in the diary; N: close friend or confidant; CF. intimacy
relinquish - give up something (with reluctance); yield; release; Ex. relinquish power/the claim to the land/his hold on my arm
iconoclastic - attacking cherished traditions; N. iconoclast: one who attacks traditional ideas; one who destroys sacred images
plethora - excess; overabundance; Ex. a plethora of excuses