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::: threadbare - worn through till the threads show; shabby and poor; hackneyed; Ex. threadbare excuses
::: mannerism - distinctive behavioral trait; affected style in art (according to a set of styles)
::: pillory - punish by placing in a wooden frame or pillory; subject or expose to criticism and ridicule; N.
::: malaise - uneasiness; vague feeling of ill health (without any particular pain or appearance of disease)
::: impeach - charge (a public official) with crime in office; raise doubts about; indict; Ex. impeach a witness's credibility
::: crossbreed - hybridize; N: hybrid; CF. interbreed; CF. inbreed
::: indigence - poverty
::: anoint - consecrate; put oil on (in a religious ceremony)
::: freebooter - pirate or plunderer who makes war in order to grow rich
::: deface - mar; disfigure