maelstrom - violent whirlpool; violent or tublent situation; CF. stream

marvel - To become filled with wonder or astonishment; N. One that evokes surprise, admiration, or wonder.

killjoy - grouch; spoilsport; one who intentionally spoils the pleasure of others

rigid - hard and unbending; stiff and unyielding; fixed in behavior or views; strict; rigorous; Ex. rigid rule

diaphanous - sheer; transparent

worldly - engrossed in matters of this earth; not spiritual; of the material world

sacrosanct - invioably sacred; most sacred; inviolable

wary - very cautious; watchful

destitute - extremely poor; lacking means of subsistence; utterly lacking; devoid; Ex. destitute of any experience

amplify - increase in size or effect; expand; broaden or clarify by expanding; intensify; make stronger; Ex. amplify one's remarks with a graph

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