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hirsute - hairy; having a lot of hair
ethnology - study of humankind; study of the different races of human beings; CF. anthropology
personify - represent (an inanimate object) as a person; be the embodiment or perfect example of; Ex. She is evil/patience personified; N. personification
nihilist - one who considers traditional beliefs to be groundless and existence meaningless; absolute skeptic; revolutionary terrorist; CF. nihilism: belief that nothing has meaning or value; belief that destruction of existing political or social institutions is necessary for future improvement
pillage - plunder
querulous - given to complaining; complaining; fretful; whining
impolitic - not wise; not expedient; not politic
avantgarde - group of artists whose work is based on the newest ideas and methods; CF. vanguard
besiege - surround with armed forces; harass (with requests); annoy continually
castrate - remove the sex organs (of a male animal or person)