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niggle - spend too much time on minor points (esp. when finding fault); find fault; Ex. niggle over details; ADJ. niggling
foster - rear; bring up (for a certain period only); encourage; promote the development of (feelings or ideas); Ex. help foster friendly relations; ADJ: giving parental care although not related by blood; Ex. foster parents
dissolution - disintegration; reduction to a liquid form; looseness in morals; sensual indulgence; debauchery; ADJ. dissolute: lacking in moral restraint; leading an immoral life
reproach - blame (not angrily but sadly); express disapproval or disappointment; N. ADJ. reproachful
serpentine - winding; twisting; of or like a serpent; Ex. serpentine course of the river; N. serpent: snake
pragmatic - practical (as opposed to idealistic); concerned with practical worth or impact of something; Ex. pragmatic test of the skill
gild - cover with a thin layer of gold
debase - degrade; reduce in quality or value; degenerate; lower in esteem; disgrace; N. debasement
denounce - condemn; criticize; N. denunciation
smattering - slight knowledge; small scattered number or amount; Ex. smattering of German