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artless - without guile; open and honest
rationalize - make rational; devise false reasons for (one's behavior); offer an excuse; give a plausible reason for an action in place of a true, less admirable ones; N. rationalization
address - direct a speech to; speak to; deal with or discuss; direct one's efforts or attention to; make with a destination; N: formal speech
fetter - shackle; restrict the freedom of; N. chain or shackle for the foot of a prisoner; CF. foot
chronic - long established as a disease
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
bilk - swindle; cheat
desecrate - profane; violate the sanctity of
crescendo - increase in the volume or intensity as in a musical passage; climax; CF. crescent
dissuade - persuade not to do; discourage; N. dissuasion