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gruff - rough-mannered; (of a voice) rough; hoarse
disfigure - mar the appearance of; spoil
oligarchy - government by a privileged few
atrophy - wasting away; V: weaken and lose flesh and muscle (through lack of blood or lack of use)
convention - social or moral custom; established practice; formal meeting; international agreement
averse - reluctant; disinclined; not liking or opposed; Ex. averse to cats/doing the house work
emollient - soothing or softening remedy (for the skin); ADJ.
encroachment - gradual intrusion; Ex. I resent all these encroachments on my valuable time; V. encroach: take another's possessions or right gradually or stealthily; intrude; Ex. encroach on/upon
vigilant - watchful; on the alert; watchfully awake; alert to spot danger; N. vigilance
noxious - harmful; CF. obnoxious