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::: depredation - plundering; destruction
::: codicil - supplement to the body of a will; later addition to a will
::: nadir - lowest point; point on the celestial sphere diametrically opposite the zenith
::: prevaricate - lie; hide the truth (by equivocating)
::: bravado - swagger; assumed air of defiance; false show of bravery
::: discriminating - able to see differences; discerning; prejudiced; N. discrimination
::: carnivorous - meat-eating; N. carnivore; CF. herbivore
::: detached - emotionally removed; free from emotional involvement; calm and objective; physically separate; N. detachment; CF. attachment
::: stagnant - (of water) not flowing (often bad-smelling); motionless; stale; not developing; inactive; dull; Ex. stagnant industrial output
::: nostrum - questionable medicine; quack medicine; CF. our (remedy)