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vicissitude - change (esp. from good to bad); change of fortune; CF. the last emperor of China
seminal - related to seed or semen; germinal; creative; providing a basis for further development; influencing future developments; Ex. seminal research in a new field
expletive - meaningless word; interjection; profane oath; swear-word
skulk - move furtively and secretly; Ex. He skulked through the less fashionable sections of the city.
shear - remove (fleece or hair) by cutting; remove the hair or fleece from; cut with or as if with shears; N: shears; pair of scissors
malapropos - inappropriate; ADV.
nadir - lowest point; point on the celestial sphere diametrically opposite the zenith
hostility - unfriendliness; hatred; enmity; ADJ. hostile
punitive - punishing; Ex. punitive measures
collateral - security given for loan; ADJ: secondary; descended from the same person but through different sons or daughters