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::: corrode - destroy or wear away gradually by chemical action (over a long period)
::: paleontology - study of prehistoric life or fossils; CF. paleo-: ancient or prehistoric; Ex. paleography: study of ancient written documents
::: maul - handle roughly; batter; injure by beating; Ex. mauled by his overexcited fans; N: heavy long-handled hammer
::: reprieve - postponement or cancelation of a punishment; temporary stay; V: postpone or cancel the punishment of
::: malleable - (of a metal) capable of being shaped by pounding(beating); pliable; (of someone) impressionable(easily influenced); easily controlled; tractable
::: alimony - payments made regularly to an ex-spouse after divorce
::: impoverish - make poor; deprive of natural strength or something important; Ex. impoverished soil
::: corollary - natural consequence (which naturally follows from something else)
::: overture - musical introduction to a long musical piece; first offer or proposal (to begin talks in the hope of reaching an agreement); Ex. overtures for peace
::: extort - wring from; get money by threats, etc.; obtain by force or threats; CF. extortionate: exorbitant