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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.
vicissitude - change (esp. from good to bad); change of fortune; CF. the last emperor of China
discrete - separate; unconnected
daunt - intimidate; frighten; discourage; dishearten
dispassionate - calm; impartial; not influenced by personal feelings
effervescence - inner excitement or exuberance; showing high spirits; emitting bubbles forming inside; bubbling from fermentation or carbonation; ADJ. effervescent; V. effervesce
defer - give in respectfully; submit; delay till later; exempt temporarily; N. deferment; CF. show respect, comply with, courteous
retrieve - recover; put right; find and bring in; regain; Ex. retrieve the situation
catalyst - agent which brings about a chemical change while it remains unaffected and unchanged; CF. catalysis
desperado - reckless, desperate outlaw