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thrash - beat with a whip or flail; defeat utterly; talk about thoroughly in order to find the answer; move wildly or violently; Ex. The fishes thrashed about in the net.
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
frond - fern leaf; palm or banana leaf
pique - irritation; resentment from wounded pride (eg. loss in a contest); V: provoke; arouse; annoy; cause to feel resentment; Ex. pique her curiosity
composure - mental calmness
vying - contending; CF. vie
purgatory - place of spiritual expiation; temporary state or place in which the souls must expiate their sins
multifarious - varied; greatly diversified; Ex. multifarious activities
sever - separate; cut off (a part) from a whole; break up (a relationship); N. severance; CF. severance pay: extra pay given an employee upon leaving a position
abysmal - bottomless