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hygiene - science and practice of the promotion and preservation of health; ADJ. hygienic: showing careful attention to cleanness (to prevent disease); Ex. hygienic condition
amicable - peaceful; politely friendly; not quarrelsome; Ex. amicable settlement
evoke - call forth (memory or feeling); Ex. That old film evoked memories of my childhood; N. evocation
subside - sink to a lower level; settle down; sink to the bottom (as a sediment); descend; grow quiet; become less; moderate; abate
dissertation - formal essay; treatise
pejorative - (of a word or phrase) suggesting that someone is of little value; negative in connotation; having a belittling effect; Ex. Many women now considers ``housewife'' a pejorative expression, because it patronized them.
founder - fail completely; sink; CF. flounder
sage - person celebrated for wisdom; wise person; ADJ: wise
contortions - twistings; distortions; V. contort: twist violently out of shape; CF. contortionist
patronize - support; act superior toward; treat in a condescending manner; be a customer of; N. patron: one that supports; regular customer; N. patronage; CF. boycott