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nihilist - one who considers traditional beliefs to be groundless and existence meaningless; absolute skeptic; revolutionary terrorist; CF. nihilism: belief that nothing has meaning or value; belief that destruction of existing political or social institutions is necessary for future improvement
surly - bad-tempered; rude; cross
abolish - cancel; put an end to
ascetic - practicing self-denial; avoiding physical pleasures and comforts; austere; Ex. ascetic life of Buddhist monks; N. asceticism
paramour - illicit lover
perfidious - treacherous; disloyal; N. perfidy: treachery
memento - token; reminder of the past; keepsake; Ex. memento of your visit
reprimand - reprove severely; rebuke; N.
sullen - silently showing ill humor or resentment; dark; gloomy
abject - (of a condition) wretched; as low as possible; lacking pride; very humble; showing lack of self-respect; Ex. abject apology