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::: vitriolic - causing sharp pain to the mind; caustic; corrosive; sarcastic; of vitriol; N. vitriol: sulphuric acid (which burns flesh deeply); bitterly abusive expression; caustic expression; CF. glass
::: portly - stout; corpulent
::: concordat - formal agreement
::: domineer - rule over tyrannically
::: bearing - deportment; connection
::: symmetry - arrangement of parts so that balance is obtained; congruity; ADJ. symmetrical
::: shove - push forward; push roughly; Ex. pushing and shoving to get on the bus; N.
::: masochist - person who enjoys his own pain; CF. masochism
::: confiscate - seize; take possession of (private property) by official order (usu. as a punishment); commandeer
::: expedient - suitable (for a particular purpose although not necessarily morally correct); practical; politic(prudent); N: something expedient