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rationalize - make rational; devise false reasons for (one's behavior); offer an excuse; give a plausible reason for an action in place of a true, less admirable ones; N. rationalization
outwit - outsmart; defeat by behaving more cleverly
defoliate - destroy leaves; deprive of leaves (by the use of chemicals); N. defoliant
knell - tolling of a bell especially to indicate a funeral, disaster, etc.; sound of the funeral bell; V.
grunt - utter a deep guttural sound (as a pig does); N.
vex - annoy; distress
congenial - pleasant; friendly; in agreement with one's tastes and nature; Ex. congenial weather
nirvana - in Buddhist teachings, the ideal state in which the individual loses himself in the attainment of an impersonal beatitude
forum - public square of an ancient Roman city; public place for open discussion; court of law
rationale - fundamental reason or principle (on which a system or principle is based); fundamental reason or justification; grounds for an action