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straggle - stray or fall behind (a main group); spread out in a scattered group; Ex. straggling marathon racer; Ex. straggling branch
predator - predatory animal or bird; predatory person; creature that seizes and devours another animal; person who robs or exploits others; ADJ. predatory: living by preying on other organisms; plundering; N. predation
coterie - group that meets socially; select circle; close group of people with shared interests
gauche - clumsy (in social behavior); coarse and uncouth
maculated - spotted; stained; CF. immaculate
reimburse - repay; pay back
machinations - evil schemes or plots; schemes or plots to achieve an evil end; V. machinate
cringe - shrink back as if in fear; cower
deviate - turn away from (a principle, norm); move away from an accepted standard; swerve; depart; diverge; N. deviation; Ex. deviation of the path of light by a prism
Machiavellian - crafty; double-dealing; of the political doctrine of Machiavelli, which holds that craft and deceit are justified in pursuing political power