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assert - state strongly or positively; demand recognition of (rights, claims, etc.); make a claim to (by forceful action); Ex. assert one's independence
putrefy - make or become putrid; N. putrefaction
ascetic - practicing self-denial; avoiding physical pleasures and comforts; austere; Ex. ascetic life of Buddhist monks; N. asceticism
misnomer - wrong or improper name; incorrect designation
rend - split; tear apart; N. rent; CF. heartrending: causing deep sorrow
restraint - moderation or self-control; controlling force; restriction
pessimism - belief that life is basically bad or evil; gloominess; tendency to take the gloomiest possible view of a situation; ADJ. pessimistic
augury - omen; prophecy; sign of coming events; V. augur: predict; foretell; be a sign of (something in future)
dummy - imitation of a real object used as a substitute; effigy
ossify - change or harden into bone; become hard and unchanging in one's ideas