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ruffian - violent scoundrel; bully
secrete - conceal; hide away or cache; produce and release a substance into an organism; CF. secretive
unction - the act of anointing with oil; Ex. extreme unction
invoke - call and bring into use (a right or law); call on/upon (a higher power or god) for help; ask for; beg for; conjure (a spirit); Ex. invoke the veto power; Ex. invoke one's advisor/God
defeatist - resigned to defeat or failure; accepting defeat or failure as a natural outcome; N. CF. defeatism
vouchsafe - grant condescendingly; guarantee; Ex. vouchsafe your fair return on your investment
consort - associate with; keep company; N: husband or wife (or a ruler)
sarcasm - cutting ironic remark; scornful remarks; stinging rebuke; ADJ. sarcastic
circumvent - outwit; defeat by behaving more cleverly; outsmart; baffle; avoid; get around
analgesia - condition of being unable to feel pain