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stanch - stop or check flow of blood; Ex. stanch the gushing wound
creed - system of religious or ethical belief
azure - sky blue
assurance - firm statement that something is certainly true; promise or pledge; certainty; confidence in one's own ability; self-confidence; Ex. In spite of all his assurances, he did not come back; Ex. assurance of his loyalty; Ex. The teacher lacked assurance in fron of his class; V. assure; tell firmly with confidence; ensure; make (something) certain to heappen; make (someone) feel sure; give confidence to; ADJ. assured: self-assured; confident in one's own ability; showing certainty
infinitesimal - very small
pejorative - (of a word or phrase) suggesting that someone is of little value; negative in connotation; having a belittling effect; Ex. Many women now considers ``housewife'' a pejorative expression, because it patronized them.
rend - split; tear apart; N. rent; CF. heartrending: causing deep sorrow
distill - refine (a liquid by evaporating and subsequent condensation); concentrate; separate the most important parts from; Ex. distill fresh water from sea water; CF. brew
stolid - dull; impassive; showing little emotion when strong feelings are expected
penance - self-imposed punishment for sin; Ex. do penance for one's sins; CF. penitent