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abate - subside or moderate
encroachment - gradual intrusion; Ex. I resent all these encroachments on my valuable time; V. encroach: take another's possessions or right gradually or stealthily; intrude; Ex. encroach on/upon
dossier - file of documents on a subject or person; file; CF. bundle of papers labeled on the back
tribune - official of ancient Rome elected by the plebians to protect their rights; protector of the people
incontinent - lacking self-restraint; not continent; licentious
noxious - harmful; CF. obnoxious
draught - current of air (through a room or to a fire); act of pulling roads; act of swallowing liquid or amount of liquid swallowed at a time
belie - contradict; give a false impression; disguise; Ex. The poor sales belied our high hopes; Ex. Her smile belies her true feeling of displeasure.
ruminate - chew over and over (mentally or, like cows, physically); mull over(ponder)
assay - analyze (to discover what materials are present); evaluate (soil or ore)