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atavism - resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents; reversion to an earlier type; throwback; ADJ. atavistic
dissipate - squander; waste foolishly; scatter
primary - first in rank or importance; principal; earliest in time; Ex. primary stages; N. CF. first
deterrent - something that discourages or deters
obtrude - push (oneself or one's ideas) forward or intrude; impose (oneself or one's ideas) on others; butt in; stick out or extrude; thrust out; Ex. obtrude A on B; ADJ. obtrusive; N. obtrusion; CF. unobtrusive
founder - fail completely; sink; CF. flounder
prolific - producing offspring or fruit in abundance; fertile; fecund; abundantly fruitful; producing abundant works; Ex. prolific writer
gaunt - lean and angular; thin and bony; emaciated; barren
gloss_over - explain away with the intention of deceiving or hiding faults
discriminate - distinguish; make distinctions on the basis of preference