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criteria - standards used in judging; CF. criterion
alloy - mixture as of metals; something added that lowers in value or purity; V: mix; make less pure; lower in value or quality; spoil; CF. unalloyed: not in mixture with other maetals; pure; complete; unqualified; Ex. unalloyed happiness
altruistic - unselfishly generous; concerned for others; N. altiruism: unselfish concern for the welfare of others; unselfishness; OP. egoism
machinations - evil schemes or plots; schemes or plots to achieve an evil end; V. machinate
variegate - change the appearance of (by marking with different colors)
axiom - self-evident truth requiring no proof
dexterous - skillful; skill in using hands or mind; N. dexterity
curmudgeon - churlish, miserly individual; bad-tempered old person
ferment - agitation; commotion(noisy and excited activity); unrest (of a political kind); V. produce by fermentation; undergo fermentation; cause (a state of trouble)
procurement - obtaining; V. procure: obtain by effort; obtain (a prostitute) for another