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modulate - tone down in intensity; change the intensity or tone of; regulate; change from one musical key to another; Ex. modulate from E to G
denigrate - blacken; defame
expedient - suitable (for a particular purpose although not necessarily morally correct); practical; politic(prudent); N: something expedient
gerrymander - change voting district lines in order to favor a political party; N. CF. Elbridge Gerry + (sala)mander
queasy - experiencing nausea; nauseated; easily nauseated; squeamish; Ex. feel a little queasy
lumber - move heavily or clumsily; Ex. The bear lumbered through the woods; N: timber
exacting - extremely demanding; Ex. exacting standard of safety
wheedle - deceive, persuade, or obtain by flattery; cajole; coax; Ex. wheedle a promise out of her
luxuriant - abundant; growing healthily and in large amounts; excessively ornate; rich and splendid; fertile; Ex. luxuriant forests/prose; CF. luxurious, luxuriate
litotes - understatement for emphasis; Ex. ``not bad(=pretty good)''