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Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?
I oft admire how nature, wise and frugal, could commit such disproportions.
frugal = economical
After a frugal meal, which consisted of roots and tea, Mencius could not repress his curiosity to know why the hermit had retired from mankind, the actions of whom taught the truest lessons of wisdom.
frugal = meagre
We have to be frugal of one's time and money.
frugal = thrifty
According to the professor of modern history at Cambridge University, Christopher Andrew, the British secret service at Harwell had to come to terms with the fact that Fuchs, known to her as the notorious Soviet spy, has issued the most important scientific secrets of Great Britain and the United States, calmly walks freely.
come to term with = reconcile oneself to
His government tried at first to conciliate the opposition.
conciliate = placate; pacify; propitiate; come to terms
The explorer tried to conciliate the natives with bright cloth and beads.
conciliate = predispose
She conciliated her little sister with a candy bar.
conciliate = comfort
I advised him to alleviate the anguish to cleanse his conscience by telling me the truth.
The calamity of the want of the sense of hearing is much alleviated by giving the use of letters.
alleviate = to make less severe or more bearable; to lighten or lessen (physical or mental troubles); to mitigate, or make easier to be endured
Should no others join capable to alleviate the expense.
alleviate = to lighten or lessen the force or weight of
He alleviates his fault by an excuse.
alleviate = to extenuate; to palliate
We have to alleviate their profound sorrows.
Our sympathy alleviated their distress.
alleviate = relieve
You've been standing there for hours, Jake," John said. "Why don't you take a load off your feet?
take a load of one’s feet = to alleviate one's fatigue by sitting down during some taxing work
Skardu sought new meetings, hoping to ferret out all the contacts the agent, appearance, and so on.
John ferreted out the answer to the question in the library.
ferret out = uncover and bring to light by searching; to bring out into the open
Jane smelled out the boys' secret hiding place in the woods.
smell out = to find out by sagacity
He smelled out enemy spies.
smell out = denounce
Thank you for your efforts.