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subside - sink to a lower level; settle down; sink to the bottom (as a sediment); descend; grow quiet; become less; moderate; abate
console - lessen sadness or disappointment; give comfort; allay the sorrow of; N. consolation
pharisee - Pharisee: member of an ancient Jewish group that emphasized strict observance of the Mosaic law (considering themselves very holy); hypocritical self-righteous person
despoil - plunder; sack; Ex. despoil the village
mellifluous - (of words or a voice) sweetly or smoothly flowing; melodious; having a pleasant tune
foist - insert improperly; impose upon another by coercion; palm off; pass off as genuine or worthy; CF. fist
pillory - punish by placing in a wooden frame or pillory; subject or expose to criticism and ridicule; N.
institution - instituting; (building for the) organization; established custom, practice, or relationship in a society; mental hospital; Ex. institution of marriage
buccaneer - pirate
euphemism - mild expression in place of an unpleasant one; ADJ. euphemistic