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lachrymose - producing tears; tearful
imperil - put in danger
erroneous - mistaken; wrong; incorrect
sidetrack - switch (a railroad car) to a siding; divert from a main issue; N. CF. siding: short section of railroad track connected by switches with a main track
ellipsis - omission of words from a text; mark used to indicate an omission (when the meaning can be understood without them); PL. ellipses
squeamish - easily shocked or sickened by unpleasant things; fastidious; Ex. A nurse should not be squeamish.
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
laceration - torn ragged wound; V. lacerate: tear (the skin as with broken glass); wound
feign - pretend
burgeon - grow rapidly; grow forth; send out buds; Ex. burgeoning computer industry; CF. bludgeon