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ceremonious - marked by formality; extremely formal and polite; CF. ceremony: conventional social courtesy
catalyst - agent which brings about a chemical change while it remains unaffected and unchanged; CF. catalysis
concordat - formal agreement
exploit - make use of, sometimes unjustly; N. exploitation
stalemate - deadlock; situation in which further action is blocked
piety - devoutness; reverence for God; ADJ. pious
vie - contend; compete
flowery - full of flowers; full of ornate expressions
anoint - consecrate; put oil on (in a religious ceremony)
balk - stop short, as if faced with an obstacle, and refuse to continue; foil; stop or get in the way of; frustrate