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1

sanguine (adj)
/ˈsaŋɡwɪn/

optimistic, cheerful
Optimistic or positive, especially in an apparently bad or difficult situation

2

amorphous (adj)
/əˈmɔːfəs/

lacking in shape
Without a clearly defined shape or form

3

catharsis (n)
/kəˈθɑːsɪs/

purging of pent-up emotions
The process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions

4

deter (v)
/dɪˈtəː/

put off, prevent
1. Discourage (someone) from doing something by instilling doubt or fear of the consequences
2. Prevent the occurrence of

5

expedite (v)
/ˈɛkspɪdʌɪt/

make faster
Make (an action or process) happen sooner or be accomplished more quickly

6

incarceration (n)
/ɪnˌkɑːsəˈreɪʃ(ə)n/

putting in prison
The state of being confined in prison; imprisonment

7

machination (n)
/ˌmaʃɪˈneɪʃn/

plot and plan
A plot or scheme

8

overwrought (adj)
/əʊvəˈrɔːt/

worked up, in an emotional state
1. In a state of nervous excitement or anxiety
2. (Of a piece of writing or a work of art) too elaborate or complicated in design or construction

9

pre-eminent (adj)
/priːˈɛmɪnənt/

famous, outstanding
Surpassing all others; very distinguished in some way

10

sardonic (adj)
/sɑːˈdɒnɪk/

mocking
Grimly mocking or cynical

11

grimly (adv)
/ˈɡrɪmli/

1. In a very serious, gloomy, or depressing manner
2. In an unrelenting manner despite hardship

12

cynical (adj)
/ˈsɪnɪk(ə)l/

1. Believing that people are motivated purely by self-interest; distrustful of human sincerity or integrity
2. Concerned only with one’s own interests and typically disregarding accepted standards in order to achieve them

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unrelenting (adj)
/ʌnrɪˈlɛntɪŋ/

Not yielding in strength, severity, or determination