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courier - messenger
badger - pester; annoy continually with demands; persuade by asking again and again; Ex. The children badgered me into taking them into the cinema; N: a kind of mountain animal
fluted - having vertical parallel grooves (as in a pillar); V. flute: make long parallel inward curves in; N. flute: long rounded groove incised on the shaft of a column
enhance - increase; make greater (as in value, reputation, or usefulness); improve
palimpsest - parchment or piece of writing material used for second time after original writing has been erased
graduated - arranged by degrees (of height, difficulty, etc.)
chasten - discipline; punish in order to correct; CF. castigate
whittle - pare; cut away thin bits (from wood); fashion in this way; reduce gradually; trim
automaton - mechanism that imitates actions of humans; machine that works by itself
stodgy - dull; stuffy; boringly conservative; Ex. stodgy book