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attrition
a gradual wearing away; a gadual diminishing in number or strength due to stress; a gradual reduction in membership or personnel numbers due to retirement or resignation
augment
add to; to make or become greater; enlarge; increase
prurient
characterized by or arousing an interest in sexual matters
circumspect
heedful of consequences; careful to examine alll sides of an issue before deciding or proceeding
catharsis
purgation, esp. for the digestive system; a purifying or fugurative cleansing of the emotions
guile
cunning; deceitfulness
concede
admit as true, acknowledge; allow to have, grant, yield
duress
use of force, complsion
veneer
cover with a layer of something else to gove the appearance of superior quality; surface appearance or show
libel
a written ar published statement tending to damage a person's reputation or subject someone to public ridicule and disgrace
squalor
misery and dirt; filth
caricature
picture, cartoon, or description that exaggerates the peculairities or defects of a person or thing
propensity
a natural tendency or bent; leaning
qualms
sudden distrubing feeling of the mind; uneasiness, misgiving, doubt; disturbance or scruple of conscience
prerogative
right of privilege; right belonging to a person, class, etc. by reason of status of some kind
aberration
a deviation from the right path or usual courses of action; an abnormal structure or development
illicit
not permitted by law, forbidden
amble
an easy slow pace in walking; to walk slowl and sasually
criteria
rules or standards for making judgements
enamored
inflamed with love
mortification
a feeling of shame or humiliation
corroborate
make more certian; confirm; support
exodus
a going out or departure, usually of a large number of people
interdict
(tion)
to prohibbit or forbid, restrian prohibitation based on authority; formal order forbidding
stricture
an unfavorable criticism; critical remark; abnormal narrowing of a duct or tube; a binding restriction
impotent
powerless, helpless; incapable of having sexual intercourse
alleged
asserted without proof, claimed, declared
derive
to obtain from a source, get, reveive; to obtain by reasoning deduce; trace from or to asource or origin
revelation
act of making known; the thing made known; disclosure of divine truth and will to humans
teem
to be full of, abound, swarm
desultory
jumping from one thing to another; unconnected; without aim or method; random; lacking in consistency or visible order
inordinate
much too great; excessive; not kept within proper limits
bogus
fake; counterfeit
austere
sever or stern in disposition or appearance; somber, grave; without adornment or ornamentation
invective
a put-down or abusive expression ; denunciatory
ingenuous
without sophistication or worldliness; artless; openly straightforward; frank; candid
euphemism
the substitution of a mild, indirect or vayge expression for one thought to be offensive, harsh or blunt
aggrandize
to make greater; increase
amenable
agreeaable
transitory
existing only briefly
sallow
of a sickly yellow color
decadence
process, condition, or period of deterioration; decay
abyss
the primeval chaos; the bottomless pit; hell; an unfathomable
hallowed
to make or set apart as holy; consecrate
unobtrusive
not readily noticed; inconspicuous