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precarious
adj. unsafe; insecure; uncertain; dangerous
devastation
n. destruction; desolation
vulnerable
adj. easily injured or hurt physically or emotionally; open to criticism or attack
beseiged
v. to crowd around in order to ask for favors; to overwhelm; to enclose with armed forces
wreaking
v. to inflict (as vengeance or punishment); to express (as anger or hatred)
perserverance
n. the act or habit of holding to a course of action or belief; persistence; steadfastness
autonomy
n. independence; the condition of having self-government
wane
v. to decrease gradually; to decline in power, importance, or size
inclement
adj. without mercy; rough or stormy; harsh
latitude
n. freedom; scope
balmy
adj. mild and pleasant; soothing
facsimile
n. an exact reproduction or copy, in telecommunications, also called a fax; adj. duplicate
vigilant
adj. alert; watchful; wary
commenced
v. to begin; to initiate; to start
archaic
adj. no longer in general use; old-fashioned; belonging to an earlier period; ancient
invincible
adj. not to be overcome; unconquerable
beguiled
v. to cheat or deceive; to mislead by tricking or cheating
appease
v. to soothes or pacify, especially by giving in to demands
pretext
n. a false reason concealing a real one; an excuse
espionage
n. spying
junctures
n. a point where things are joined; a crossing; a point in time; a crisis point
tawny
adj. brownish-yellow; tan
hieroglyphics
n. a picture or symbl representing a word, syllable, or sound, used by the ancient Egyptians and others, instead of alphabetical letters; a method of writing using these pictures or symbols; picture writing; adj. pertaining to a system of writing that uses pictures or symbols
subsidized
v. to aid or assist with a grant of money; to support; to promote
inaccessible
v. to aid or assist with a grant of money; to support; to promote
coffer
n. a box or chest, especially one used to hold money or other valuables
rivulet
n. a small stream; a brook
edifices
n. a building or structure, especially an imposing or elaborate one
retainers
n. a fee paid in advance for services; a servant; an attendant
innovation
n. a new way to do something; something new
canine
n. any animal belonging to the dog family; adj. of or like a dog
ossified
v. to change into bone; to harden like bone; to become rigid, hardheated, or opposed to change
meager
adj. noticeable inadequate; scanty; lean; thin
ravages
v. to inflict terrible destruction; to ruin violently; n. the act of destroying; great damage
apex
n. the highest point of something; great damage
defunct
adj. no longer in existence or functioning; dead
perceive
v. to become aware of or to understand by means of the senses; to detect; to observe; to grasp the meaning of
bourgeois
adj. of or like the middle class-often referring to a focus upon material things and respectability; n. middle-class person; the middle class
influx
n. a flowing in, as of people or things
obliterated
v. to blot or wipe out completely; to erase, leaving no trace
ensue
v. to come next, or follow; to happen as a consequence
succulent
adj. juicy; not dry or dull; having fleshy plant tissue that conserves moisture; n. a planct that has such tissues
facilitate
v. to make easier or more convenient; to aid or assist in
steppes
n. a vast, almost treeless plain in southeastern Europe or Asia
hors d' oeurve
n. a food served either before a meal or with drinks
expedient
adj. suitable; advantageous; based on self-interest
palatable
adj. acceptable to the mind; fit to be eaten; pleasant-tasting
buffet
n. a piece of dining room furniture with cupboards and drawers; a meal set out so that people may serve themselves
lapse
v. to fall from a higher level (as of manners) to a lower; to pass gradually; to come to an end; n. a slight, temporary error or slip; a fall from a better to a worse condition
delectable
adj. very pleasing; delightful; delicious
quantitative
adj. capable of being measured or expressed as an amount
zenith
n. the highest point of any course or path; the point in the sky directly above an ovserver
astute
adj. showing a clever or shrewd mind; crafty
recur
v. to return in thought or speech; to happen or appear again; to occur at intervals
conducive
adj. helpful; tending to promote as a result; contributory
erratic
adj. irregular; not steady; uncertain
mosque
n. a Muslim house of worship
pastoral
adj. relating to a simple country way of life; relating to shepherds; rural
requisite
n. a necessity; a requirement; adj. adbolutely necessary; required by circumstances
aptitude
n. a natural ability; the ability to learn
insolence
n. quality or instance of being disrespectful and insulting; impudence
prone
adj. having a tendency, inclined; lying flat, face down
diversion
n. a turing aside, as of traffic or attention; a game orpostime; a recreation
annihilated
v. to destroy completely; to vanquish; to make ineffectual or unimportant; to kill
purge
v. to remove undesirable elements from; to rid; to remove by cleansing; n. the removal of memebers by a highter authority
moderation
n. state of being restrained, avoidance of excesses; presideing over, as a meeting; mediation
concession
n. an act of granting or yielding; something granted or yielded; a privilege, such as the right to use land, granted for a specific purpose
flagrant
adj. obviously bad; notorious; outrageous
decimated
v. to destroy or kill a large part of
evaded
v. to escape or avoid something, especially by using deceit or cleverness; to avoid doing or answering something directly
protocol
n. the code prescribing formal etiquete and precedence for official ceremonies and dealings, as with diplomats and the military; an original draft or record of a negotiation or document
dissent
v. to object or oppose, not to approve; n. a difference of opinion, protest
pacifists
n. a person opposed to force as a way of sttling disputes; one who refuses to vear arms in a war
ultimatums
n. a final demand or proposition
clemency
n. a lenient or merciful act; mildness, as of weather
mannerism
n. a distinctive personal trait; an idiosyncrasy; an exaggerated on unnatural style or habit, as in speech or dress
inhibitions
n. the act of holding back; an inner belief, feeling, or force that checks one's actions, thoughts, or feelings
meticulous
adj. extremely careful; overly precise or fussy about details
submission
n. obedience; humbleness
mandatory
adj. required; obligatory
censure
v. to cirticize or blame; n. a condemning judgment; a reprimand
abound
v. to teem; to exist in large numbers; to have plenty
amnesty
n. a general pardon, especially for political prisoners
rift
v. to break open; to split; n. a split; a break in friendly relations
admirably
adv. in a worthy manner; commendably; excellently
inalienable
adj. not capable of being given or withdrawn
bias
n. a line slanting diagonally across the weave of a fabric; a prejudice or personal tendency; v. to prejudice or sway
timorous
adj. easily frightened; fearful; timid; cowardly
affidavit
n. a written statement made under oath
diminutive
n. referring to suffixes or altered word froms that designate smallness, affection, or familiarity; a very small person or thing; adj. tiny; of small size
ornate
adj. elaborate; excessively adorned or ornamented
constituents
n. a necessary part or element; a voter represented by an elected official; adj. necessary in making up a whole; component
destitute
adj. poverty-stricken; penniless; being without
prelude
n. anything serving as an introduction, such as an introductory section of a piece of music; an opening
colloquial
adj. informal in language; conversational
exultant
adj. rejoicing greatly; triumphant
bedlam
n. a place or condition of chaos or turmoil
curtailed
v. to shorten; to decrease
consolidated
v. to unite; to strengthen; to make solid or firmly established
emancipate
v. to set gree; to release from slavery or oppression