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::: 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
::: cardinal - chief; most important; N: priest; cardinal number: number that shows quantity rather thatn order
::: alleviate - relieve (pain)
::: benediction - blessing
::: debonair - (of men) friendly, charming, and fashionably dressed; aiming to please; CF. of good disposition
::: atavism - resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents; reversion to an earlier type; throwback; ADJ. atavistic
::: tumult - commotion of a great crowd; riot; noise; uproar; ADJ. tumultuous: noisy and disorderly
::: fertile - producing many young, fruits, or seeds; (of land) producing good crops; V. fertilize
::: conformity - harmony; agreement with established rules or customs; similarity; Ex. behave in conformity with; V. conform: be similar; act in agreement; comply; Ex. conform to the rule; CF. conformance
::: overwrought - nervous or excited; extremely agitated; hysterical; wrought-up; CF. wrought: made or done