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penology - study of prison management and criminal rehabilitation
malapropism - comic misuse of a word; CF. Mrs. Malaprop
fester - rankle; produce irritation or resentment; (of a cut or wound) generate pus or rot; Ex. His insult festered in my mind for days.
descry - catch sight of (something distant)
infidel - unbeliever (with respect to a particular religion)
ingenious - marked by inventive skill; clever; resourceful; N. ingenuity
humid - damp; N. humidity
consign - send to a person or place for sale; deliver officially; entrust; put into the care of another; set apart (for a special purpose); N. consignment; CF. consignor, consignee
maniacal - raging mad; insane; N. maniac: insane person; CF. mania: disorder of the mind; intense enthusiasm
laggard - slow; sluggish; N: one who lags; straggler