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harrowing - agonizing; distressing; traumatic; V. harrow: break up and level (soil) with a harrow; inflict great distress on; agonize; N: farming machine to break up the earth
neophyte - recent convert; new member of a religious group; beginner; CF. plant
lassitude - languor; weariness; listlessness
contingent - dependent on something uncertain or in the future; conditional; happening by chance; accidental; N: a group of soldiers, ships to a larger force; CF. contingency: future event that may or may not occur; possibility; Ex. prepare for every contingency
practical - based on experience; of or acquired through practice (rather than theory); useful; Ex. practical man
prescience - ability to foretell the future; knowledge of actions before they occur; ADJ. prescient
necromancy - black magic; sorcery; dealings with the dead; art that professes to communicate with the spirits of the dead so as to predict the future; CF. necromancer; CF. necro+divination; CF. necro-: death; Ex. necropolis
kernel - central or vital part; core; whole seed (as of corn)
averse - reluctant; disinclined; not liking or opposed; Ex. averse to cats/doing the house work
maul - handle roughly; batter; injure by beating; Ex. mauled by his overexcited fans; N: heavy long-handled hammer