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1

Curtail

verb

reduce in extent or quantity; impose a restriction on.
"civil liberties were further curtailed"

2

Hypocrite

noun

a person who indulges in hypocrisy.
"the story tells of respectable Ben who turns out to be a cheat and a hypocrite"

3

Atrocity

noun

plural noun: atrocities
an extremely wicked or cruel act, typically one involving physical violence or injury.
"war atrocities"

4

Desolate

adjective
/ˈdesələt/
(of a place) deserted of people and in a state of bleak and dismal emptiness.
"a desolate moor"

5

Avail

verb
1.
LITERARY
help or benefit.
"no amount of struggle availed Charles"

6

Rehearse

verb
practice (a play, piece of music, or other work) for later public performance.
"we were rehearsing a play"

7

Intimidating

adjective

having a frightening, overawing, or threatening effect.
"the intimidating defense attorney"

8

Demeaning

adjective

causing someone to lose their dignity and the respect of others.
"the poster was not demeaning to women"

9

Conjure

verb
1.
call upon (a spirit or ghost) to appear, by means of a magic ritual.
"they hoped to conjure up the spirit of their dead friend"
2.
ARCHAIC
implore (someone) to do something.

10

Scour

verb
clean or brighten the surface of (something) by rubbing it hard, typically with an abrasive or detergent.
"he scoured the bathtub"


noun
1.
the action of scouring or the state of being scoured, especially by swift-flowing water.
2.
diarrhea in livestock, especially cattle and pigs.

11

Rear

verb
gerund or present participle: rearing
1.
bring up and care for (a child) until they are fully grown, especially in a particular manner or place.
"he was born and reared in New York City"

12

Faux

adjective

made in imitation; artificial.
"a string of faux pearls"
not genuine; fake or false.
"their faux concern for the well-being of the voters didn't fool many"

13

Interrogation

Questioning
استجواب

14

Pseudonym

اسم مستعار

15

Contentious

adjective

causing or likely to cause an argument; controversial.
"a contentious issue"

16

Stymie

verb

prevent or hinder the progress of.
"the changes must not be allowed to stymie new medical treatments"

17

Smuggler

مهرب

18

Redoubt

معقل
حصن

19

Raid

N
غارة

20

entitled

adjective

believing oneself to be inherently deserving of privileges or special treatment.
"kids who feel so entitled and think the world will revolve around them"

21

Dub

verb
past tense: dubbed; past participle: dubbed
1.
give an unofficial name or nickname to (someone or something).
"the media dubbed anorexia “the slimming disease.”"

22

Jinx

noun

a person or thing that brings bad luck.

23

Fortification

noun

a defensive wall or other reinforcement built to strengthen a place against attack.
تحصين

24

dilettante

noun

a person who cultivates an area of interest, such as the arts, without real commitment or knowledge.
"a wealthy literary dilettante"
هاوي

25

Rumbling

noun

a continuous deep, resonant sound.
"the rumbling of wheels in the distance"
adjective
making or constituting a deep resonant sound.
"a rumbling noise"

26

Cordial

adjective

warm and friendly.
"the atmosphere was cordial and relaxed"

27

Bedrock

Noun

the fundamental principles on which something is based.
"honesty is the bedrock of a good relationship"

28

Timid

adjective

showing a lack of courage or confidence; easily frightened.
"I was too timid to ask for what I wanted"

29

Embroil

verb
past tense: embroiled; past participle: embroiled
involve (someone) deeply in an argument, conflict, or difficult situation.
"the movie's about a journalist who becomes embroiled with a nightclub owner"

30

Vigorously

adverb

in a way that involves physical strength, effort, or energy; strenuously.
"she shook her head vigorously"

Forcefully
He forcefully denied the allegation