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percussion
n. the sharp striking of one thing against another
"to strike"
perennial
adj. lasting for a indefinitely long time
2. continuing regularly
"year"
permeate
v. to penetrate through spaces; to spread throughout
"to go, to pass"
perseve
v. to hold a fast to a task or purpose despite handicaps or obstacles
"severe or serious"
defer
v. to postpone; to delay
v. to yield respectfully to the opinion or will of another
"away"
dilatory
adj. tending to delay or to postpone
"apart"
elation
n, excited feelings of pride, triumph, or happiness
"from or out of"
infer
v. to use available evidence to form a conclusion
v. to guess
"in"
content
v. to engage in a quarrel, a struggle, or rivalry
v. to assert; to put forward in argument
"with"
intent
n. purpose
adj. concentrating on or dedicated to an idea or action
subvert
v. to upset; to overthrow; to ruin
" to turn"
subservient
adj, excessively willing to yield; submissive
"to serve"
contort
v. to twist or bend out of shape
"with"
distort
v. to change something to make it false
v. to twist something out of its natural shape
"apart"
retort
v. to reply quickly and sharply, often as if in reply to an accusation
n. a quick, witty, something biting reply
"back, again"
tortuous
adj. having many twists and turns
adj. deceitfully roundabout, tricky
"twists"
adversity
n. hardship; misfortune
"toward"
avert
v. to turn away (ones eyes)
v. to prevent
"away from"
introvert
n. a person whose thought and interests are directed inward
"withing, inward"
perverse
adj. stubbornly doing something other than what is reasonable or required
"through"
prose
n. ordinary speech or written without rhyme or meter (that is, without verse)
adj. referring to speech or writing other than a verse
"turned forward)