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criteria - standards used in judging; CF. criterion
retiring - shy and reserved (of a person); modest; Ex. her retiring personality
bolster - support; reinforce
traduce - expose to slander
retain - keep; maintain possession of; employ (esp. a lawyer or advisor); N. retainer: servant; fee paid to retain an advisor
tenacity - firmness; persistence
steep - soak; saturate; Ex. steep the fabric in the dye bath; ADJ: precipitous
allude - refer indirectly; N. allusion: indirect reference
refurbish - renovate; make clean, bright, or fresh (make new) again; make bright by polishing; Ex. refurbish an old theater; CF. furbish: polish
niggle - spend too much time on minor points (esp. when finding fault); find fault; Ex. niggle over details; ADJ. niggling