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::: gerontology - study of the sociological phenomena associated with old age
::: corrosive - eating away by chemicals or disease; (of language) fierce
::: academic - related to a school; not practical or directly useful
::: stringent - (of rules) binding; rigid; marked by scarcity of money; Ex. stringent economic conditions
::: initiate - begin; originate; receive into a group; introduce to a new field or activity; Ex. initiate someone into the mysteries of a secret religion; N: one who has been initiated
::: amass - collect (gradually, in a very large amount)
::: taciturn - habitually silent; talking little
::: alleviate - relieve (pain)
::: foist - insert improperly; impose upon another by coercion; palm off; pass off as genuine or worthy; CF. fist
::: venturesome - (of a person) bold; adventurous; daring; (of an action) risky