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dilute - make (a liquid) less concentrated; reduce in strength; Ex. dilute the influence of the president
compulsory - obligatory; that must be done
shirk - avoid (responsibility, work, etc.); malinger
atavism - resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents; reversion to an earlier type; throwback; ADJ. atavistic
esoteric - hard to understand; known only to the chosen few, esp. initiates; N. esoterica
gnome - dwarf; underground spirit who guards treasure hoards
coddle - treat gently; indulge excessively; pamper; mollycoddle; baby; cook in water just below boiling point; Ex. coddled eggs
penury - extreme poverty; stinginess; ADJ. penurious: very poor; stingy
exemplary - serving as a model; outstanding; Ex. exemplary punishment/behavior; N. exemplar: typical example; model
unceremonious - not done politely without due formalities