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environ

Definition: (verb) Extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle.
Synonyms: border, surround, skirt, ring.
Usage: They are everywhere, above us, on our left, on our right; they environ us on all sides.
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intermingle

Definition: (verb) To mix or cause to mix or mingle together.
Synonyms: blend, intermix.
Usage: The office mail has been intermingled with the outgoing mail, and it is going to take me all afternoon to sort through it!
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jabber

Definition: (verb) Talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner.
Synonyms: mouth off, rabbit on, rant, rave, spout.
Usage: The instant I walked through the door, my sister began to jabber about her latest preteen crisis—something to do with wearing the wrong color of nail polish to school on a Wednesday.
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chastise

Definition: (verb) Censure severely.
Synonyms: castigate, chasten, objurgate, correct.
Usage: She chastised him for his insensitive remarks about her weight until he was the one crying.
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statecraft

Definition: (noun) The art of conducting public affairs.
Synonyms: statesmanship, diplomacy.
Usage: Only through superior statecraft was he able to avoid a war while simultaneously achieving favorable trade conditions.
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fortify

Definition: (verb) To strengthen physically, mentally, or morally.
Synonyms: sustain, encourage, confirm, cheer, strengthen, reassure, brace, stiffen, hearten, embolden, invigorate.
Usage: Prayer fortified the congregants during their crisis.
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antecede

Definition: (verb) Be earlier in time; go back further.
Synonyms: antedate, forego, precede, predate.
Usage: Even though it was found in a higher stratum, the stone tool antecedes the bronze one unearthed nearby.
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lilliputian

Definition: (adjective) Very small.
Synonyms: bantam, diminutive, flyspeck, midget, petite, tiny.
Usage: How am I supposed to fit everything I will need for summer camp in this lilliputian trunk?!
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subaltern

Definition: (adjective) Inferior in rank or status.
Synonyms: junior-grade, lower-ranking, petty, secondary, lowly.
Usage: The subaltern officer stood at attention as his superiors examined the floor he had just finished scrubbing.
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siriasis

Definition: (noun) Sudden prostration due to exposure to the sun or excessive heat.
Synonyms: insolation, sunstroke, thermic fever.
Usage: We were stranded in the desert, and it was not long before members of our party began exhibiting signs of siriasis.
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