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wont
One's customary behavior in a particular situation. (e.g, "Constance, as was her _, left early").
penance
Voluntary self-punishment inflicted as an outward expression of repentance for having done wrong.
fast (from)
Abstain from all or some kinds of food or drink, esp. as a religious observance.
flamboyant
(esp. of clothing) Noticeable because brightly colored, highly patterned, or unusual in style.
raucous
Making or constituting a disturbingly harsh and loud noise. (e.g, _ youths).
somber (Brit. sombre)
Oppressively solemn or sober in mood; grave. (e.g, a _ expression)
pagan
A person holding religious beliefs other than those of the main world religions.
pawn shop
a shop which deals in the business of lending money at a specified rate of interest on the security of movable personal property, which can be sold if the loan is not repaid within a specified period.
drought
A prolonged period of abnormally low precipitation; a shortage of water resulting from this.
resilience
(ecology) the ability of an ecosystem to return to its original state after being disturbed.
stigma
a distinguishing mark of social disgrace; a feeling against someone/something for no real reason (e.g, the _ of mental disorder)
landlocked
(of a country or region) almost or entirely surrounded by land (e.g, Czech Republic is a _ country)
frivolous
not having any serious purpose or value (e.g, a _ remark)
condescend (to)
show that one feels superior; be patronizing.
legitimate
conforming to the law or to rules (e.g, _ son)
swirl
move in a twisting or spiralling pattern (e.g, smoke _ing around him)
noteworthy
worth paying attention to; interesting or significant (e.g, _ features)
ambassador
an accredited diplomat sent by a state as its permanent representative in a foreign country (e.g, French _ to Portugal)
harsh
cruel or severe (e.g, time of _ military discipline)
herald
be a sign that (something) is about to happen (e.g, speech _ed a change in policy)