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incumbent - obligatory; imposed as an obligation; currently holding an office; N: person who holds an office
scaffold - temporary platform for workers (to work at heights above the ground); bracing framework; platform for execution
cavil - quibble; make frivolous objections; find fault unnecessarily
sheathe - place into a case; insert into or provide with a sheath; Ex. He sheathed his dagger; N. sheath: case for a blade
nadir - lowest point; point on the celestial sphere diametrically opposite the zenith
pedigree - line of ancestors; ancestry; lineage; ADJ. (of an animal) descended from of a chosen family; Ex. pedigree dog; CF. crane's foot
propitiate - appease; conciliate; make peaceful; ADJ. propitiatory
menace - threat; V: threaten
retroactive - taking effect before its enactment (as a law) or imposition (as a tax); (of a law) having effect on the past as well as the future
lurid - wild; sensational; graphic; gruesome; horrible; Ex. lurid details of the murder