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BASSIS
(G) pedestal, foot, base
BASSIUS
(L) low
bas-relief
n. sculpture whose ornament or figures are somewhat raised above the background (also known as low relief)
debase
v. to lower in quality, value, or dignity; to degrade
CLIVUS
(L) sloper
declivity
n. a downward slope; the slope of a hill
proclivity
n. a natural inclination or tendency
LEVIS
(L) light (in weight)
leaven
n. 1. a substance like yeast or a small amount of fermented dough that causes dough to expand or rise

2. lightening or enlivening influence

v. to provide a lightening influence
legerdemain
n. 1. sleight of hand; magic tricks

2. any trickery or deception
leverage
n. 1. the action of a lever that raises or lifts

2. power to influence; a position of strength
levitate
v. to rise or float, to cause to rise, seemingly despite gravity
levity
n. lightness in speech or behavior, especially unbecoming jocularity; frivolity
PENDO
(L) to cause to hang down, to weigh
PONDERE
(L)to weigh
penchant
n. a strong inclination or liking
ponderous
adj. 1. extremely heavy; massive

2. unweildy or akward

3. dull or tedious
imponderable
adj. unable to be assessed or measured precisely
preponderant
adj. superior in number, force, power, or importance
SCALA
(L) steps, stairs, ladder, scale
SCANDO
(L) to climb
echelon
n. 1. a step-like formation of troops, ships, or aircraft

2. a level of command or authority
transcendent
adj. going beyond the limits of ordinary experience