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forswear - renounce under oath; abandon; make a solemn promise to give up; CF. abjure
abstemious - sparing in eating and drinking; temperate
semblance - outward appearance; guise; Ex. We called in the troops to bring a/some semblance of order to the city.
allocate - assign; set apart for a particular purpose
aseptic - preventing infection; having a cleansing effect
qualms - uneasy feelings; misgivings; uneasy fears especially about matters of conscience; Ex. I have no qualms about giving this assignment to Helen.
venue - location; place (of a crime, trial, gathering, etc.); CF. come
devotee - enthusiastic follower; enthusiast; Ex. devotee of Bach
bizarre - fantastic; violently contrasting; noticeably odd; strikingly unconventional
prude - excessively modest or proper person (who is easily shocked by improper things, esp. of a sexual nature); N. prudery; ADJ. prudish: excessively concerned with propriety