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::: taper - very thin candle; gradual decrease in the width of a long object; V. make or become gradually narrower toward one end
::: empathy - ability to identify with another's feelings, ideas, etc.; identification with and understanding of another's feelings; V. empathize; CF. sympathy
::: overt - open to view; public; not secret; CF. covert
::: indigenous - native; Ex. plant indigenous to the New World
::: pertinent - suitable; to the point; relevant
::: hypochondriac - person unduly worried about his health; worrier without cause about illness; ADJ. CF. hypochondria: neurosis that one is or is becoming ill; CF. abdomen
::: hinterlands - back country; inner part of a country; OP. foreland
::: gratis - free; without charge; ADJ.
::: ravage - devastate; plunder; despoil; Ex. crops ravaged by storms
::: drama - prose or verse composition to be performed by actors; play; exciting and unusual situation