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leniency - mildness; permissiveness; ADJ. lenient: not severe in judgment or punishment
intransigence - refusal of any compromise; stubbornness; ADJ. intransigent: uncompromising
tantrum - fit of bad temper; fit of petulance; caprice; Ex. The child went into tantrums.
smother - kill from lack of air; suppress; cover thickly; Ex. smothered in little stickers
indoctrinate - cause to accept a doctrine without questioning it; Ex. indoctrinated with mindless anti-communism
gist - essence; main point; substance
bulge - protruding part; swelling of a surface; Ex. The apple made a bulge in his pocket; V: swell outward; protrude
grunt - utter a deep guttural sound (as a pig does); N.
mangy - shabby; wretched; suffering from mange; of bad appearance
vicissitude - change (esp. from good to bad); change of fortune; CF. the last emperor of China