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::: penumbra - partial shadow (in an eclipse); CF. almost shadow
::: collateral - security given for loan; ADJ: secondary; descended from the same person but through different sons or daughters
::: ornate - excessively or elaborately decorated
::: undermine - weaken gradually; sap; dig a mine beneath
::: sleazy - shabby and dirty; flimsy; insubstantial; Ex. sleazy back-street hotel/fabric
::: sadistic - inclined to cruelty; N. sadism: delight in cruelty
::: deride - ridicule; treat with contempt; make fun of; OP. respect
::: waft - move gently (in air or in seas) by wind or waves; Ex. leaves wafting past the window
::: garner - gather; store up; amass
::: hygiene - science and practice of the promotion and preservation of health; ADJ. hygienic: showing careful attention to cleanness (to prevent disease); Ex. hygienic condition