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::: monarchy - government under a single ruler
::: sublimate - refine; purify; replace (natural urges) with socially acceptable activities; change between a solid state and a gaseous state
::: pharisee - Pharisee: member of an ancient Jewish group that emphasized strict observance of the Mosaic law (considering themselves very holy); hypocritical self-righteous person
::: sear - burn the surface of; char or burn; brand; parch; cause (a plant) to wither
::: tantalize - tease; excite by exposing something desirable while keeping it out of reach; torture with disappointment; CF. Tantalus: Greek mythological figure
::: address - direct a speech to; speak to; deal with or discuss; direct one's efforts or attention to; make with a destination; N: formal speech
::: cabal - small group of persons secretly united to promote their own interests
::: crescendo - increase in the volume or intensity as in a musical passage; climax; CF. crescent
::: fret - be annoyed or vexed; Ex. fret over your poor grades; N: irritation of mind; ADJ. fretful
::: despondent - without hope and courage; depressed; gloomy; N. despondency: loss of hope with gloom; dejection