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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)
exposure - risk, particularly of being exposed to disease or to the elements; unmasking; act of laying something open; Ex. exposure of governmental corruption
aggrandize - make greater; increase in power, wealth, rank, or honor; N. aggrandizement
carnal - fleshly; sensual; concerning the desires of the body
rostrum - raised platform for speech-making; pulpit
unobtrusive - inconspicuous; not blatant
deputize - work or appoint as a deputy; N. deputy: person who has the power to take charge when the leading person is away
milieu - social environment; means of expression; Ex. feel out of one's milieu; Ex. His proper milieu is watercolor.
balk - stop short, as if faced with an obstacle, and refuse to continue; foil; stop or get in the way of; frustrate
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