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buttress 

a support usually of stone or brick; supports the wall of a building; make stronger or defensible; reinforce with a buttress

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circumscribe 

draw a line around; to draw a geometric figure around another figure so that the two are in contact but do not intersect; restrict or confine, "I limit you to two visits to the pub a day"

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exacting 

requiring precise accuracy; severe and unremitting in making demands; having complicated nutritional requirements; especially growing only in special artificial cultures

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supplant 

 take the place or move into the position of

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forestall 

 keep from happening or arising; make impossible;act in advance of; deal with ahead of time

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mollify 

make less rigid or softer; make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else; moderate; cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of

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decry 

express strong disapproval of

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burnish 

the property of being smooth and shiny;  polish and make shiny

9

eviscerate 

having been disembowelled; verb take away a vital or essential part of; remove the contents of; remove the entrails of; surgically remove a part of a structure or an organ

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circumspection 

the quality of being wary and unwilling to take risks; prudence.

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coalescence 

the union of diverse things into one body or form or group; the growing together of parts

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slavish 

abjectly submissive; characteristic of a slave or servant; blindly imitative

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ameliorate 

get better; to make better

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bastion 

 projecting part of a rampart or other fortification; a stronghold into which people could go for shelter during a battle; a group that defends a principle

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husband 

a married man; a woman's partner in marriage; use cautiously and frugally

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bulwark 

a fencelike structure around a deck (usually plural);a protective structure of stone or concrete; extends from shore into the water to prevent a beach from washing away; an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes

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disabuse 

free somebody (from an erroneous belief)

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catalyze 

change by catalysis or cause to catalyze

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gird 

 bind with something round or circular; prepare oneself for a military confrontation; put a girdle on or around; encircle or bind

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unsullied 

spotlessly clean and fresh; of reputation

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exhortative 

 giving strong encouragement

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patrimony 

a church endowment; an inheritance coming by right of birth (especially by primogeniture)

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defang 

remove the fangs from

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imprimatur 

formal and explicit approval

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fillip 

anything that tends to arouse

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sisyphean 

 both extremely effortful and futile