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Meaning of animosity, heed, hedonistic, consort, fester, polemicist, scrutinize, burgeon, reproach, rampart

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Meaning of animosity (noun)
feeling of hatred or ill will; resentment

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Animosity grew between the two feuding families.

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Meaning of heed (verb)
to obey; yield to; to pay attention; to listen to

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If the peasant heeds the king's commands, she will be able to keep her land.

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Meaning of hedonistic (adjective)
living for pleasure

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The group was known for its hedonistic rituals.
Hot tubs, good food, and a plethora of leisure time were the hallmarks of this hedonistic society.

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Meaning of consort (noun)
companion; spouse; partner

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An elderly woman was seeking a consort.

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Meaning of fester (verb)
to become more and more virulent and fixed; to decay

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His anger festered until no one could change his mind.

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Meaning of polemicist (noun)
person skilled in argument; disputatious person

Example
The polemicist could debate any case skillfully.

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Meaning of scrutinize (verb)
to examine closely; to study; to investigate; to inspect

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Even when there are specialist historians, producing approximations to truth which their colleagues test and scrutinize to professional standards, people make home brews from their own lives and knowledge and offer them to their successors.
After allowing his son to borrow the family car, the father scrutinized every section for dents.

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Meaning of burgeon (verb)
to grow or develop quickly; to blossom; to expand

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The tumor appeared to burgeon more quickly than normal.
After the first punch was thrown, the dispute burgeoned into a brawl.

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Meaning of reproach (verb)
to blame and thus make feel ashamed; to rebuke; to accuse

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The major reproached his troops for not following orders.

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Meaning of rampart (noun)
defense; shield; embankment

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The ramparts where beginning to crumble.

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