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Machiavellian - crafty; double-dealing; of the political doctrine of Machiavelli, which holds that craft and deceit are justified in pursuing political power
pitfall - hidden danger; concealed trap
proponent - supporter; backer; opposite of opponent
impecunious - without money
sodden - thoroughly soaked; dull or stupid as if from drink
accommodate - oblige or help someone; adjust or bring into harmony; adapt; make enough space for; ADJ. accommodative; CF. accomodating: helpful and obliging
compress - force into less space; squeeze; contract; put into fewer words; N: thick mass of cloth pressed to part of the body to stop bleeding or swelling, reduce fever, etc.
ostracize - banish from a group; exclude from public favor; ban; Ex. His friends ostracized him. N. ostracism
temporize - gain time as by postponing an action; avoid committing oneself
plasticity - ability to be molded; ADJ. plastic: capable of being shaped or molded; Ex. plastic material such as clay