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besmirch - soil; defile; make dirty
canvass - determine or seek opinions, votes, etc.; go through (a region) to solicit votes or orders; conduct a survey; N.
gall - annoy; exasperate; chafe; N: skin sore caused by rubbing (as on the skin of a horse); exasperation
motley - multi-colored (as of a garment worn by a jester); mixed; heterogeneous; CF. jester: one who jests (as a paid fool at medieval courts)
choleric - hot-tempered; bad-tempered; irritable; easily angered; CF. cholera
deplete - reduce; exhaust
preempt - prevent in advance; head off(forestall); forestall by acting first; appropriate for oneself before others; supplant; take the place of; displace; Ex. preempt any attempts; ADJ. preemptive
demise - death
pertinent - suitable; to the point; relevant
cognate - having a common origin; related linguistically; allied by blood; similar or akin in nature; Ex. cognate languages; N.