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tenacity - firmness; persistence
malapropism - comic misuse of a word; CF. Mrs. Malaprop
rife - (of something bad) widespread; abundant; current
advocate - speak in favor of; support (an idea or plan); urge; plead for
surveillance - close observation of a person (esp. one under suspicion); watching; guarding
actuarial - calculating; pertaining to insurance statistics
litany - supplicatory prayer; prayer in which the priest calls out and the people replies in the same words
induct - place formally in office; install; admit as a member; initiate; N. induction: inducting; process of deriving general principles from particular facts
laceration - torn ragged wound; V. lacerate: tear (the skin as with broken glass); wound
traverse - go through or across