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derivative - unoriginal; obtained from another source; Ex. derivative prose style; N.
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
incubus - burden; very worriying problem; mental care; nightmare; male devil; CF. succubus
cognate - having a common origin; related linguistically; allied by blood; similar or akin in nature; Ex. cognate languages; N.
fathomless - too deep to be measured or understood; unfathomable
fritter - waste (time or money on unimportant things)
symbiosis - interdependent relationship (between groups, species) often mutually beneficial; ADJ. symbiotic; CF. together + life
shear - remove (fleece or hair) by cutting; remove the hair or fleece from; cut with or as if with shears; N: shears; pair of scissors
gourmet - connoisseur of food and drink; epicure
civil - having to do with citizens; not military or religious; courteous and polite; Ex. married in a civil ceremony; Ex. civil strife/disorder/law; N. civility; CF. civic