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cynosure - object of general attention; person or thing that is a center of attention; CF. Ursa Minor
exonerate - acquit; exculpate; free from blame or guilt
degenerate - become worse in quality; deteriorate; ADJ: having become worse; Ex. a degenerate species; N: depraved or corrupt person
pinch - squeeze between the thumb and a finger, or other edges; Ex. I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn't dreaming. N: amount that can be held between the thumb and a finger
bravado - swagger; assumed air of defiance; false show of bravery
bequeath - leave to someone by means of a will; hand down in his will; N. bequest
mollify - soothe an angry person
quiescent - dormant; temporarily inactive; at rest; N. quiescence
plane - carpenter's tool for smoothing and leveling wood; V. CF. flat
laity - laypersons; laymen; persons not connected with the clergy