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frustrate - thwart; defeat; prevent from accomplishing a purpose
pugnacity - combativeness; disposition to fight; ADJ. pugnacious: (of people) belligerent; combative in nature
apprehensive - fearful; discerning
chauvinist - blindly devoted patriot; zealous adherent of a group, cause, or sex; ADJ. chauvinistic; CF. chauvinism; Nicolas Chauvin
squabble - minor quarrel; bickering; V: engage in a minor quarrel; Ex. squabbling children
harping - tiresome dwelling on a subject; V. harp: dwell on(think or speak a lot about) tediously
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
adapt - make or become suitable for a specific use; alter; modify; adjust; N. adaptation: act of adapting; composition recast into a new form; Ex. The play is an adaption of a short novel.
trenchant - cutting; incisive; keen
incongruity - lack of harmony; absurdity; ADJ. incongruous: lacking in harmony; inappropriate