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rationalize - make rational; devise false reasons for (one's behavior); offer an excuse; give a plausible reason for an action in place of a true, less admirable ones; N. rationalization
optimist - person who looks on the bright side; N. optimism
precursor - forerunner; predecessor
totter - shake or move unsteadily; sway as if about to fall
fatuous - smugly and unconsciously foolish; inane; silly; N. fatuity, fatuousness
perigee - point of moon's orbit when it is nearest the earth; CF. apogee
begrudge - envy; give or allow unwillingly; grudge; Ex. We shouldn't begrudge him his success.
odium - detestation; quality of being odious; hatefulness; disrepute (resulting from hateful conduct)
gull - trick; deceive; hoodwink; N: person who is easily tricked; dupe
nurse - suckle; take care of (as a nurse); bear in mind; Ex. nursing mother; Ex. nurse a hope/grudge against someone