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::: winnow - sift; separate the chaff from grain by blowing; separate good parts from bad; CF. wind
::: personify - represent (an inanimate object) as a person; be the embodiment or perfect example of; Ex. She is evil/patience personified; N. personification
::: vitiate - spoil the effect of; make inoperative; corrupt morally
::: trifling - trivial; unimportant
::: virile - manly; having masculine spirit or strength; full of strength
::: ribald - marked by vulgar lewd humor; wanton; profane; N. ribaldry: ribald language or joke
::: dwindle - shrink; reduce gradually
::: secession - withdrawal; V. secede: withdraw formally from membership
::: gaffe - social blunder
::: atrophy - wasting away; V: weaken and lose flesh and muscle (through lack of blood or lack of use)