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lacerated
lacerate |ˈlasəreɪt|
verb [ with obj. ]
tear or make deep cuts in (flesh or skin): the point had lacerated his neck | (as adj.lacerated) : his badly lacerated hands and knees.
• criticize forcefully or severely: her true venom seems reserved for the media itself as she lacerates our obsession with celebrity | (as adj. lacerating) : a lacerating critique of the war.
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reprisal
reprisal |rɪˈprʌɪz(ə)l|
noun
an act of retaliation: three youths died in the reprisals which followed | [ mass noun ] : the threat of reprisal.
• [ mass noun ] historical the forcible seizure of a foreign subject or their goods as an act of retaliation.
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purgatory
purgatory |ˈpəːgət(ə)ri|
noun (pl.purgatories)
(often Purgatory)(in Catholic doctrine) a place or state of suffering inhabited by the souls of sinners who are expiating their sins before going to heaven. all her sins were forgiven and she would not need to go to Purgatory. the punishment of souls in purgatory.
• [ mass noun ] mental anguish or suffering: this was purgatory, worse than anything she'd faced in her life.
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Effigy
effigy |ˈɛfɪdʒi|
noun (pl.effigies)
a sculpture or model of a person: a tomb effigy of Eleanor of Aquitaine.
• a roughly made model of a person that is made in order to be damaged or destroyed as a protest. angry campaigners plan to burn an effigy of the social security minister.
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Incessant
incessant / ɪnˈsɛs(ə)nt|
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(of something regarded as unpleasant) continuing without pause or interruption: the incessant beat of the music
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Immolation
immolate |ˈɪməleɪt|
verb [ with obj. ]
kill or offer as a sacrifice, especially by burning. Chinese kings would immolate vast numbers of animals.
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Leviathan
leviathan |lɪˈvʌɪəθ(ə)n|
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(in biblical use) a sea monster, identified in different passages with the whale and the crocodile (e.g. Job 41, Ps. 74:14), and with the Devil (after Isa. 27:1).
• a very large aquatic creature, especially a whale: the great leviathans of the deep.
• a thing that is very large or powerful, especially an organization or vehicle. it's a challenge to navigate a wheeled leviathan in rush-hour traffic.
• an autocratic monarch or state. we must tame the state Leviathan.[with allusion to Hobbes's Leviathan (1651).]
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Beelzebub
Beelzebub |bɪˈɛlzɪbʌb|
a name for the Devil.
ORIGIN from late Latin Beëlzebub, translating Hebrew ba‘al zĕḇūḇ ‘lord of flies’, the name of a Philistine god (2 Kings 1:2), and Greek Beelzeboul ‘the Devil’ (Matt. 12:24).
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Heretics
heretic |ˈhɛrɪtɪk|
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a person believing in or practising religious heresy.
• a person holding an opinion at odds with what is generally accepted.
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Continuum
continuum |kənˈtɪnjʊəm|
noun (pl.continua |-jʊə| )
a continuous sequence in which adjacent elements are not perceptibly different from each other, but the extremes are quite distinct. a continuum of special educational needs. the continuum from third world economies to advanced nations.
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