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spruce - neat and trim in appearance; smart; Ex. Be spruce for your job interview; V.
centurion - Roman army officer (commanding a company of about 100 soldiers)
loath - reluctant; unwilling; disinclined; Ex. Romeo and Juliet were both loath for him to go.
pillory - punish by placing in a wooden frame or pillory; subject or expose to criticism and ridicule; N.
obstinate - stubborn; hard to control or treat; Ex. obstinate cough; N. obstinacy
foster - rear; bring up (for a certain period only); encourage; promote the development of (feelings or ideas); Ex. help foster friendly relations; ADJ: giving parental care although not related by blood; Ex. foster parents
winnow - sift; separate the chaff from grain by blowing; separate good parts from bad; CF. wind
euthanasia - mercy killing
pluck - courage; V: pull off or out; pull out the hair or feathers of; ADJ. plucky: courageous; brave
hermetic - sealed by fusion so as to be airtight; airtight