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attenuate - make thin; weaken
genus - division of animals or plants, below a family and above a species
purgatory - place of spiritual expiation; temporary state or place in which the souls must expiate their sins
bristling - rising like bristles; showing irritation
irresolute - uncertain how to act; weak; lacking in resolution; indecisive; N. irresolution
dismember - cut into small parts; cut (a body) apart limb from limb
judicious - sound on judgment; wise
repulse - reject with rudeness or coldness (an offer or friendship); drive back (an enemy attack); CF. repulse $\neq$ cause repulsion
fathom - comprehend; investigate; determine the depth of; N. unit of measurement for the depth of water
hypothetical - based on assumptions or hypotheses; supposed; N. hypothesis