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::: attrition - 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
::: euphony - sweet sound; ADJ. euphonious
::: rationalize - make rational; devise false reasons for (one's behavior); offer an excuse; give a plausible reason for an action in place of a true, less admirable ones; N. rationalization
::: prelate - church dignitary; priest of high position in the church (esp. bishop)
::: transcendental - going beyond common thought or ideas; impossible to understand by practical experiences or practices; known only by studying thoughts or intuition; OP. empirical; CF. transcendentalism
::: impede - hide; retard or obstruct the progress of; block
::: latch - fastening or lock consisting of a movable bar that fits into a notch; V: close with a latch
::: burgeon - grow rapidly; grow forth; send out buds; Ex. burgeoning computer industry; CF. bludgeon
::: lurid - wild; sensational; graphic; gruesome; horrible; Ex. lurid details of the murder
::: assay - analyze (to discover what materials are present); evaluate (soil or ore)