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engender
verb

beget, procreate
countermand
verb, transitive

to revoke (a command) by a contrary order
palliate
verb, transitive

to reduce the violence of (a disease)
vainglory
noun

excessive or ostentatious pride especially in one's achievements

vainglorious
penury
noun

severe poverty
tenebrous
adjective

shut off from the light
vituperative
adjective

uttering or given to censure : containing or characterized by verbal abuse
truculent
adjective

feeling or displaying ferocity
irascible
adjective

marked by hot temper and easily provoked anger
umbrage
noun

a feeling of pique or resentment at some often fancied slight or insult
"I took umbrage at the speaker's remarks."
ignoble
adjective

of low birth or common origin, plebian
nugatory
adjective

of little or no consequence: trifling
inure
verb

transitive: to accustom to accept something undesirable

intransitive: to become of advantage
torpid
adjective

having lost motion or the power of exertion or feeling
nescience
noun

lack of knowledge or awareness: ignorance
lugubrious
adjective

mournful

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