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referendum - direct vote by all the people
attrition - rubbing away by friction; gradual decrease in numbers or strength; reduction in the work force without firing employees; wearing away of opposition by means of harassment; Ex. a war of attrition
checkered - (chequered) marked by great changes in fortune; with many changes of fortuene; CF. checked: having a pattern of squares
palliate - ease pain (without curing); make less severe or offensive (a crime or illness)
patina - green crust on old bronze works or copper; tone slowly taken by varnished painting
buffoonery - clowning
diorama - life-size, three-dimensional scene from nature or history; three-dimensional scene with modeled figures against a painted background
germinal - pertaining to a germ; creative; Ex. germinal idea
dint - means; effort; Ex. by dint of hard work
libretto - text of an opera or oratorio; CF. book