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construe - explain; interpret; Ex. construe her silence as meaning that she agreed; CF. misconstrue
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
desolate - (of a place) deserted; unpopulated; (of a person) lonely; forlorn; joyless
tenancy - possession of land or building by rent; period of a tenant's occupancy
penchant - strong inclination; strong liking (esp. for something that is disapproved of by other people); Ex. penchant for fast cars
debauch - corrupt morally; seduce from virtue; N. debauchery: wild behavior (with sex and alcohol)
fancy - imagination (of a whimsical or fantastic nature); capricious liking; V: imagine; be fond of; ADJ. decorative; elaborate
precedent - something preceding in time which may be used as an authority or guide for future action; V. precede; CF. unprecedented
friction - clash or conflict in opinion; rubbing against
debar - bar; forbid; exclude; Ex. debarred from jury services