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loom - appear or take shape (usually in an enlarged, indistinct, or distorted form); Ex. The shadow of the gallows loomed threateningly. N: apparatus for making thread into cloth
avert - prevent; avoid; turn away (eyes or thought); Ex. An accident was averted by his quick thinking; Ex. She averted her eyes from the terrible sight.
jaundiced - yellowed; prejudiced (envious, hostile, or resentful) from long and disappointing experience of human affairs; Ex. with a jaundiced eye
impolitic - not wise; not expedient; not politic
squabble - minor quarrel; bickering; V: engage in a minor quarrel; Ex. squabbling children
trappings - outward decorations; ornaments (as an outward sign of rank)
matin - \'ee(matinee) dramatic or musical performance given in the afternoon
hackles - hairs on back and neck, especially of a dog; Ex. make someone's hackles rise
sanction - approve; ratify; N: permission; penalty intended to enforce compliance
imperial - like an emperor; related to an empire; CF. imperialism