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Vocabulary Power Plus Vocabulary, Reading, and Writing Exercises for Higher Achievement — Book G, Lesson Seven

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badger
to harass persistently; to annoy
benevolent
showing, doing, or resulting in good; kindhearted
elapse
to slip by, as in time
fitful
stopping and starting intermittently
genre
a category; a type
haven
a place of safety; a sanctuary
immaterial
of little or no importance; irrelevant
innate
possessed from birth; inborn; inherent
kindle
to set fire to; to catch fire; to arouse feelings; to stir emotions
listless
lacking energy; unenthusiastic
meager
lacking abundance; inadequate; scanty
octogenarian
someone between eighty and eighty-nine years old
permeate
to spread or flow through; to penetrate
republic
a government in which citizens elect officials to represent them
tether
a rope or chain to restrain; to use a rope or chain to restrain