Maybe it’s just me, but these words “sound” quite different from their actual meaning.
“Languish” in prison: Doesn’t this word make it sound as if the person is thriving in prison? How’s Mary? Oh! She’s languishing in the pool.
The girl had “eloped” with the man: This straight up sounds like she gave him a blow job.
“altruism”: sounds like either a brain disease or some kind of illegal brewing. What happened to Chuck? Oh, Chuck got caught in that “altruism” scandal.