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apex

the top or highest part of something, especially one forming a point; to reach a high point or climax

2

indemnify

to compensate someone for harm or loss, to secure someone against legal responsibility for their actions

3

underwrite

to sign and accept liability under (an insurance policy), thus guaranteeing payment in case loss or damage occurs

4

protracted

lasting for a long time or longer than expected or usual

5

covert

not openly acknowledged or dispalyed

6

entrench

to establish an attitude, habit, or belief so firmly that change is very difficult or unlikely

7

pillory

to attack or ridicule publicly; a wooden framework with holes for the head and hands, in which an offender was imprisons and exposed to public abuse

His affair having been exposed, the politician found himself pilloried by members of his own conservative party.

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cognizant

having knowledge or being aware of

9

hermetic

(of a seal or closure) complete and airtight; of or relating to an ancient occult tradition encompassing alchemy, astrology, and theosophy

10

sardonic

grimly mocking or cynical

11

preen

to devote effort to make oneself look attractive and then admire one's appearance; to congratulate or pride oneself

He is busy preening himself on acquiring such a pretty girlfriend.

12

oblique

slanting; neither parallel nor at a right angle to a specified or implied line

13

collude

to conspire; to come to a secret understanding for a harmful purpose

The greedy university leaders colluded in price-rigging.

14

ruminate

to think deeply about something

We sat in the forest, ruminating on the nature of existence.

15

arrant

complete, utter

What arrant nonsense!

16

ancillary

providing necessary support to the primary activities or operation of an organization, institution, industry, or system; a person whose work provides necessary support to the primary activities of an organization, institution, or industry

17

deplorable

shockingly bad in quality; deserving strong condemnation

18

usury

the illegal action or practice of lending money at unreasonably high rates of interest

19

coda

a concluding event, remark, or section; the concluding passage of a piece or movement, typically forming an addition to the basic structure

His new novel, the last in the series, is a kind of coda to his previous books.

20

unfeigned

genuine, sincere

21

revelry

lively and noisy festivities, especially when these involve drinking a large amount of alcohol

22

purport

to appear or claim to be or do something, especially falsely; the meaning or substance of something, typically a document or speech

23

debauchery

excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures

24

tantalize

to torment or tease someone with the sight or promise of something that is unobtainable; to excite the senses or desires of someone

Such ambitious questions have long tantalized the world's best thinkers.

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vitiate

spoil or impair the quality or efficiency of; to destroy or impair the legal validity of

Development programs have been vitiated by the rise in population; they can no longer be implemented, as there is not enough space for such activities.

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appraise

to assess the value or quality of

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prosaic

commonplace; unromantic

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enfranchisement

to admit to citizenship, especially to the right of voting; to set free