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20 terms

Vocabulary Lessons 29 and 30

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Attrition
a wearing down to weaken or destroy, rubbing away by friction; gradual decrease in numbers or strength; reduction in the work force without firing employees; wearing away of opposition by means of harassment; Ex. a war of attrition
baleful
threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
bilateral
affecting or undertaken by two parties
entourage
the group following and attending to some important person
flail
to wave or swing vigorously; to thrash
haggard
showing the wearing effects of overwork or care or suffering
impunity
exemption from punishment or loss
somnolent
inclined to or marked by drowsiness
stoic
seeming unaffected by pleasure or pain
vanquish
come out better in a competition, race, or conflict, to defeat utterly and completely; to overcome
abut
lie adjacent to another or share a boundary, border upon; adjoin
arable
(of farmland) capable of being farmed productively, fit for plowing, tillable
askew
turned or twisted to one side
gird
prepare oneself for a military confrontation
gradations
advances by regular degrees, a series of systematic steps or stages, a gradual change from one stage, tone, or shade to another, a transitional stage
incise
make an incision into by carving or cutting, engrave make a cut in
indigenous
originating where it is found, native to an area
nurture
provide with nourishment, help develop, help grow
orient
determine one's position with reference to another point
solstice
either of the two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator