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epithet - word or phrase characteristically used to describe a person or thing; descriptive phrase to characterize a person (often contemptous)
obstreperous - boisterous; noisy and uncontrollable
sunder - separate; part; CF. asunder
vicissitude - change (esp. from good to bad); change of fortune; CF. the last emperor of China
resuscitate - revive; bring back to life or consciousness; Ex. resuscitate the drowned child
implicit - understood but not stated; implied; unquestioning and complete; Ex. implicit trust
pique - irritation; resentment from wounded pride (eg. loss in a contest); V: provoke; arouse; annoy; cause to feel resentment; Ex. pique her curiosity
scholarly - full of learning; erudite; like a scholar; Ex. scholarly journal
penance - self-imposed punishment for sin; Ex. do penance for one's sins; CF. penitent
withhold - refuse to give; hold back; Ex. withholding tax