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usurp - seize another's power or rank (without legal authority); supplant; appropriate; N. usurpation; CF. take for one's own use
sheathe - place into a case; insert into or provide with a sheath; Ex. He sheathed his dagger; N. sheath: case for a blade
lout - clumsy person; ADJ. loutish; CF. from countrysides ?
appropriate - acquire; take possession of for one's own use without permission; set aside for a particular purpose; allocate; CF. misappropriate
protrude - stick out; jut; project; Ex. protruding teeth
vitiate - spoil the effect of; make inoperative; corrupt morally
niggle - spend too much time on minor points (esp. when finding fault); find fault; Ex. niggle over details; ADJ. niggling
heinous - atrocious; wicked; hatefully bad; Ex. heinous crime
mulct - defraud a person of something; swindle; Ex. mulct the boy of his legacy
contagion - infection (by contact); ADJ. contagious; CF. infectious: that can be passed by infection in the air