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contagion - infection (by contact); ADJ. contagious; CF. infectious: that can be passed by infection in the air
steep - soak; saturate; Ex. steep the fabric in the dye bath; ADJ: precipitous
behemoth - huge creature; something of monstrous size or power
connivance - pretense of ignorance of something wrong; assistance; permission to offend; V. connive: feign ignorance (of a wrong); cooperate secretly in an illegal action; conspire
militate - work against; Ex. militate against the chances of promotion; CF. serve as a soldier
shard - fragment generally of broken pottery (glass, clay bowl, or cup)
animadversion - critical remark; V. animadvert: comment critically with disapproval
psychosomatic - of the influence of the mind on the body (esp. with respect to disease)
bromide - platitude; chemical compound used to calm excitement
parasite - animal or plant living on another; toady; sycophant; CF. para-: beside