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forum - public square of an ancient Roman city; public place for open discussion; court of law
impale - pierce (with a sharp point); Ex. impaled by the spear
allay - calm; pacify
frustrate - thwart; defeat; prevent from accomplishing a purpose
scowl - frown angrily; N: angry frown
hysteria - excessive or uncontrollable excitement; N. hysteric: person suffering from hysteria; CF. hysterics: attack of hysteria
scapegoat - someone who bears the blame for others; whipping boy; CF. escape+goat
perspicuity - clearness of expression; freedom from ambiguity
corpus - collection (of writings or information); Ex. the corpus of Shakespear's works; Cf. corpse
reconnaissance - survey of enemy by soldiers; reconnoitering; V. reconnoiter: make a preliminary inspection of (esp. to gather military information)