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::: protean - able to take on many forms; versatile; CF. Proteus: sea god to change his shape at will
::: indolent - lazy
::: preempt - prevent in advance; head off(forestall); forestall by acting first; appropriate for oneself before others; supplant; take the place of; displace; Ex. preempt any attempts; ADJ. preemptive
::: harbinger - forerunner (which foreshadows what is to come)
::: juridical - of the law and its administration; CF. judicial: of courts of law; CF. judiciary
::: deface - mar; disfigure
::: tribute - tax levied by a ruler; payment made by one nation to another in acknowledgment of submission; mark of respect (such as praise or gift); Ex. pay tribute to
::: scourge - lash; whip (formerly used for punishment); source of severe punishment; V: whip; afflict
::: vantage - position giving an advantage (such as a strategic point); CF. vantagepoint
::: libretto - text of an opera or oratorio; CF. book