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penance - self-imposed punishment for sin; Ex. do penance for one's sins; CF. penitent
physiognomy - face (as showing the character and the mind); art of judging human character from facial features
terminal - part that forms the end; railroad or bus station; ADJ. forming an end; ending in death; fatal; Ex. terminal cancer
squelch - produce a splashing sound (when stepping through mud); crush; squash; CF.
bristling - rising like bristles; showing irritation
barrage - barrier laid down by artillery fire; overwhelming profusion; large number of questions or statements; Ex. a barrage of criticism
waive - give up temporarily; yield; N. waiver: waiving a right or claim; document that waives a right or claim
abscission - cutting off; separation
parry - ward off a blow; deflect; Ex. He parried the unwelcome question very skillfully; N. CF.
unruly - disobedient; lawless; difficult to control