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::: reconnaissance - survey of enemy by soldiers; reconnoitering; V. reconnoiter: make a preliminary inspection of (esp. to gather military information)
::: stultify - make stupid in mind; cause to appear or become stupid or inconsistent; suppress; frustrate or hinder; Ex. stultifying effect of uninteresting work; Ex. stultify free expression
::: gradation - series of gradual stages; degree in such a progression
::: modicum - limited quantity; small amount; Ex. He does not have a modicum of sense; CF. moderate
::: lilliputian - extremely small; CF. Lilliput in Gulliver's Travels
::: pluck - courage; V: pull off or out; pull out the hair or feathers of; ADJ. plucky: courageous; brave
::: squelch - produce a splashing sound (when stepping through mud); crush; squash; CF.
::: sinecure - well-paid position with little responsibility; CF. sine cure: without care; CF. San Serif
::: emolument - salary; payment for an office; compensation
::: comeuppance - deserts; well-deserved punishment or misfortune; rebuke