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ruffian - violent scoundrel; bully
smattering - slight knowledge; small scattered number or amount; Ex. smattering of German
hygiene - science and practice of the promotion and preservation of health; ADJ. hygienic: showing careful attention to cleanness (to prevent disease); Ex. hygienic condition
laconic - brief and to the point; using few words; terse
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
citadel - fortress
generic - characteristic of an entire class or species; of a genus
subversive - tending to overthrow or ruin; V. subvert: overthrow completely (an established system); destroy completely; CF. undermine ?
crestfallen - dejected; dispirited
dispel - scatter; drive away; cause to vanish