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ameliorate: To make better, to improve; to heal; to solve a problem.

calumny: a falsification or misrepresentation intended to disparage or discredit another.

avarice: Excessive or inordinate desire of gain; greediness after wealth; covetousness; cupidity.

abeyance: Expectancy; condition of being undetermined.

contumacious: Willfully disobedient to the summons or orders of a court.

consternation: Amazement or horror that confounds the faculties, and incapacitates for reflection; terror, combined with amazement; dismay.

aspersion: A sprinkling of holy water.

ascendancy: The process or period of one's ascent

assail: To attack violently.

sinuous: having curves in alternate directions; meandering

vituperation: Criticism or invective which is sustained and considered to be overly harsh; abuse; severe censure; blame.

piquant: Engaging; charming.

scrupulous: Exactly and carefully conducted.

saturnine: containing lead, or suffering from lead poisoning (saturnia)

petulant: easily irritated or annoyed

precarious: dangerously insecure or unstable; perilous

sequester: To separate from all external influence.

sagacious: Having or showing keen discernment, sound judgment, and farsightedness.

phlegmatic: Not easily excited to action or passion; calm; sluggish.

ethereal: Pertaining to the hypothetical upper, purer air, or to the higher regions beyond the earth or beyond the atmosphere; celestial; otherworldly;

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