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volatile - changeable; of a quickly changing nature (as of temper); mercurial; tending to violence; evaporating rapidly; Ex. volatile character/situation in the street
quell - suppress; put an end to; put down forcibly; extinguish; quiet; Ex. ``Army Quells Rebellion'' in newspaper; CF. kill
cathartic - purgative; medicine that causes the bowels to empty; ADJ.
universal - characterizing or affecting all; general; present everywhere; of the universe; cosmic; Ex. universal agreement; Ex. a subject of universal interest
mortician - undertaker; CF. death
herpetologist - one who studies reptiles; CF. herpetology: branch of zoology that deals with reptiles and amphibians
ventilate - admit fresh air into to replace stale air
fiend - evil spirit; devil
belie - contradict; give a false impression; disguise; Ex. The poor sales belied our high hopes; Ex. Her smile belies her true feeling of displeasure.
matriarch - woman who rules a family or larger social group