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degenerate - become worse in quality; deteriorate; ADJ: having become worse; Ex. a degenerate species; N: depraved or corrupt person
nadir - lowest point; point on the celestial sphere diametrically opposite the zenith
vaunted - boasted; bragged; highly publicized; V. vaunt: boast; brag
staccato - played in an abrupt manner; marked by abrupt sharp sound; Ex. staccato applause
ruffian - violent scoundrel; bully
mordant - biting; sarcastic; stinging; (apprec.) incisive; cutting; Ex. mordant pen/wit
admonish - warn or speak to with gentle disapproval; reprove
embezzlement - taking for one's own use in violation of trust; stealing (of money placed in one's care)
executioner - person administering capital punishment
rebuff - reject bluntly; snub; beat back; Ex. She rebuffed his invitation; N.