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shrivel - make or become shrunken and wrinkled (often by drying)
caste - one of the hereditary classes in Hindu society; social stratification; prestige
gerrymander - change voting district lines in order to favor a political party; N. CF. Elbridge Gerry + (sala)mander
primogeniture - seniority by birth; state of being the first-born child; right of the eldest child (to inherit the entire property of one or both parents)
expatriate - exile; someone who has withdrawn from his native land; V: exile; banish; leave one's country
witticism - witty saying; wisecrack(clever joking remark)
maculated - spotted; stained; CF. immaculate
blotch - spot; blot; CF. blot+botch
perverse - purposely continuing to do something wrong; stubbornly wrongheaded; perverted; directed away from what is right; wicked and unacceptable; Ex. perverse satisfaction; Ex. Hannibal Lecter in a perverse mood; N. perversity
egoism - excessive interest in one's self; belief that one should be interested in one's self rather than in others; selfishness; ADJ. egoistic, egoistical