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divest - strip (as of clothes); deprive (as of rights); dispossess; N. divestiture(divestment)
cession - yielding to another; ceding
patronize - support; act superior toward; treat in a condescending manner; be a customer of; N. patron: one that supports; regular customer; N. patronage; CF. boycott
jaunty - cheerful and pleased with life; lighthearted; animated; easy and carefree; dapper in appearance; Ex. jaunty person/hat
ruthless - pitiless; merciless; cruel
paradox - something apparently contradictory in nature (that may nonetheless be true); statement that looks false but is actually correct
draconian - extremely severe; Ex. draconian punishment; CF. Draco: Athenian politician
gauche - clumsy (in social behavior); coarse and uncouth
loathe - detest; ADJ. loathsome: arousing loathing; offensive; Ex. loathsome smell
reciprocal - mutual; given and received in return; exchangeable; interacting; Ex. reciprocal trade agreement