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Abscond

v. To run away secretly and hide, often in order to avoid arrest or prosecution.

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Absolution

n. 1. An absolving or clearing from blame or guilt. 2. A formal declaration of forgiveness; redemption.

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Bilk

v. To deceive or defraud; to swindle or cheat, especially to evade paying one's debts.

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Castigate

v. To inflict a severe punishment on; to chastise severely.

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Chastise

v. To punish severely; to criticize harshly, rebuke.

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Collusion

n. A secret agreement between two or more people for a deceitful or fraudulent purpose; conspiracy.

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Enormity

n. 1. Excessive wickedness. 2. A monstrous offense or evil act; atrocity.

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Exculpate

v. To free from blame, to clear from a charge of guilt.

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Malfeasance

n. Misconduct or wrongdoing, especially by a public official; improper professional conduct.

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Miscreant

n. A villain, criminal; evil person.

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Peccadillo

n. A trivial offense; a small sin or fault.

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Perjury

n. The deliberate willful giving of false, misleading, or incomplete testimony while under oath.

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Purloin

v. To steal.

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Recalcitrant

adj. disobedient, unruly; refusing to obey authority.

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Recidivism

n. A relapse or backslide, especially into antisocial or criminal behavior after conviction and punishment.

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Reprehensible

adj. deserving rebuke or censure.

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Reprieve

n. 1. Postponement or cancellation of punishment, especially of the death sentence. 2. Temporary relief from danger or discomfort.

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Tribunal

n. A court of justice.

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Turpitude

n. 1. Wickedness. 2. A corrupt or depraved act.

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Venal

adj. easily bribed or corrupted; unprincipled.