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forerunner - predecessor; one that comes before and indicates the approach of another
induce - persuade; lead to do something; bring about; N. inducement
functionary - official (who performs a particular function)
sidetrack - switch (a railroad car) to a siding; divert from a main issue; N. CF. siding: short section of railroad track connected by switches with a main track
inclined - tending or leaning toward; bent; V. incline: slant; dispose; be disposed; tend
prophylactic - used to prevent disease; N: something prophylactic; condom; N. prophylaxis: prevention of disease
rarefied - made less dense (of a gas); V. rarefy: make less dense; N. rarefaction
pittance - small amount (of money); small allowance or wage
crust - hard outer covering (as of earth or snow)
rift - narrow opening in a large mass; break in a friendly relation; Ex. through a rift in the clouds; OP. reconcilation