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::: collate - examine and compare in order to verify authenticity; arrange in order (the sheets of a book before they are bound)
::: modulate - tone down in intensity; change the intensity or tone of; regulate; change from one musical key to another; Ex. modulate from E to G
::: retrograde - go backwards; recede; degenerate; deteriorate; ADJ.
::: imprudent - lacking caution; not prudent; injudicious
::: prize - pry; move with a lever; value highly; esteem; Ex. his most prized possession; N: something captured during war-time (esp. an enemy ship)
::: dirge - funeral song; slow mournful piece of music (sung over a dead person)
::: catharsis - purging or cleansing of any passage of the body; purging and weakening of strong emotions as a result of experiencing a dramatic work of art
::: fanaticism - excessive zeal; extreme devotion to a belief or cause; N. fanatic; ADJ. fanatic
::: animadversion - critical remark; V. animadvert: comment critically with disapproval
::: inchoate - (of desire, wish, plan) recently begun; not explicit; at the beginning of development; rudimentary; elementary; Ex. inchoate mass