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alacrity
brisk and cheerful readiness
vie (v)
compete eagerly with someone in order to do or achieve something
effigy
dummy (mannequin), usually for symbolic torturing
dole (v)
distribute shares of something
fulcrum
n. pivot point
Raffish/rakish
Cheaply or showily vulgar in appearance or nature; tawdry. (ostentatious)
prattle (v)
to babble meaninglessly; to talk in an empty and idle manner
rive (v)
LITERARY split or tear apart violently. // "the party was *en by disagreements over Europe" // "the wood was *en with deep cracks"
abash (v)
make (someone) feel embarrassed, disconcerted, or ashamed.
skulk (v)
keep out of sight, typically with a sinister or cowardly motive. "don't * outside the door like a spy!"
onus
n. burden of responsibility
Portent
Sign; omen; forewarning // LITERARY an exceptional or wonderful person or thing.
burnish
polish
strew (v)
scatter or spread (things) untidily over a surface or area.
lacerate
tear or make deep cuts in (flesh or skin)
paucity
an inadequate quantity, scarcity, dearth
flinty-eyed
not soft or gentle in manner or appearance : having a very serious quality or manner.
edify (v)
instruct or improve (someone) morally or intellectually.
enmity
a state or feeling of active opposition or hostility.