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retrograde - go backwards; recede; degenerate; deteriorate; ADJ.
illicit - illegal
ascendancy - controlling influence; position of controlling influence; CF. in the ascendant
gallows - framework from which a noose is suspended (used for execution by hanging)
reinstate - restore to a previous condition or position
virulent - (of a disease or poison) extremely harmful or poisonous; (of a feeling) hostile; bitter; N. virulence; CF. virus; CF. venom
slovenly - untidy; careless in work habits; slipshod; N. sloven: one who is habitually untidy or careless
chauvinist - blindly devoted patriot; zealous adherent of a group, cause, or sex; ADJ. chauvinistic; CF. chauvinism; Nicolas Chauvin
refectory - dining hall; room where meals are served (in a school)
quash - crush; suppress; squash; subdue; annul; Ex. quash a rebellion/the decision of the low court