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dysentery - inflammatory disorder of the lower intestinal tract
scourge - lash; whip (formerly used for punishment); source of severe punishment; V: whip; afflict
indenture - bind as servant or apprentice to master; bind by indenture; N: contract binding one party into the service of another for a specified time (as between an apprentice and his master)
figurative - not literal but metaphorical; using a figure(impression) of speech
finery - beautiful clothes for a special occasion
masochist - person who enjoys his own pain; CF. masochism
partisan - one-sided; prejudiced; committed to a party (with dislike of any others); N: strong supporter of a party; guerrilla
drone - idle person who lives on other people's work; male bee
raspy - making a harsh noise; grating; harsh
gerontology - study of the sociological phenomena associated with old age