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plebeian - common; vulgar; pertaining to the common people; N: common people in ancient Rome; CF. patrician
fringe - decorative edge of hanging threads; edge
indigence - poverty
seamy - sordid; base; filthy; unwholesome; Ex. seamy side of city life
brandish - wave around (a weapon); flourish
infiltrate - pass into or through; penetrate or enter (an organization) sneakily; Ex. infiltrate the troops into enemy territory; CF. infiltrator
mange - skin disease (esp. of domestic animals) marked by loss of hair
contrived - unnatural and forced; artificial; not spontaneous; Ex. The ending was rather contrived.
overture - musical introduction to a long musical piece; first offer or proposal (to begin talks in the hope of reaching an agreement); Ex. overtures for peace
contravene - contradict; oppose; violate (a rule, law, or custom); N. contravention