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primary - first in rank or importance; principal; earliest in time; Ex. primary stages; N. CF. first
mortify - humiliate by embarassing excessively; shame; punish the flesh; discipline (one's body) by self-denial; Ex. mortified by her blunder; Ex. mortify the flesh; CF. cause to die
propriety - fitness; quality of being proper; correct conduct; conformity to prevailing customs and usages; CF. proprietor, proprietary
simper - smirk; smile in a silly way; smile affectedly
collaborate - work together; cooperate treasonably with the enemy
condign - adequate; (of punishment) severe and well deserved
consecrate - dedicate; sanctify; declare as sacred; Ex. consecrate one's life to helping the poor
apiculture - bee-keeping
provocative - arousing anger or sexual interest; annoying; Ex. provocative in tight jeans; V. provoke: incite to anger; cause (an unpleasant action or feeling); N. provocation
brand - trademark; mark burned on the hide of an animal; mark burned into the flesh of criminals; mark of disgrace; V: mark with a brand; give a lasting bad name; stigmatize; Ex. The press branded him a liar.