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::: humus - substance or rich soil formed by decaying vegetable matter; CF. soil
::: pessimism - belief that life is basically bad or evil; gloominess; tendency to take the gloomiest possible view of a situation; ADJ. pessimistic
::: frigid - intensely cold; cold in manner; Ex. frigid zone
::: unregenerate - making no attempt to change one's bad practices
::: fluency - smoothness of speech; ADJ. fluent
::: backslide - revert (to bad habits); N. reverter
::: conifer - pine tree (usu. evergreen); cone-bearing tree; ADJ. coniferous; CF. deciduous; CF. evergreen
::: gaudy - flashy; showy
::: snivel - complain or whine tearfully; run at the nose; snuffle; Ex. Don't come back sniveling to me.
::: marginal - of a margin; barely within a limit; Ex. marginal effect/writing ability