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adolescent (adj)
growing from childhood to adulthood; roughly, of the teenage period.
Boys and girls undergo many changes in their _________ years
adolescent (n)
teenager
As ________ develop into adults, they tend to become more self-confident
antediluvian
antiquated; belonging to the time before the Biblical Flood
Compared with today's supersonic jets, the plane the Wright brothers flew in 1903 seems _________.
archaic
no longer used, except in a special context; old fashioned
An __________ meaning of the word "quick""is""living" as in the Biblical phrase "the quick and the dead."
callow
young and inexperienced; unfledged
A prudent executive cannot be expected to enrust the management of a company to a ______ youth just out of college.
contemporary (adj)
of the same period or duration
The English Renaissance was not _________ with the Italian Renaissance; it came two centuries later.
contemporary (n)
person who lives at the same time as another
Benjamin Franklin was Tomas Jefferson's __________.
crone
withered old woman
the use of the word _______ is unfair to women because there is no corresponding word for a "withered old man."
decrepit
weakened by old age
Several _______ inmates had to be carried to safety when the nursing home was evacuated during the fire.
defunct
dead; deceased; extinct
The Acme Lumber Company is still in business, but the Equity Appliance Corporation has long been _______.
forebear
forefather, ancestor
The world of our ______ centuries ago was much less polluted.
hoary
1. white or gray with age.

2. ancient
1. Santa Clause is usually portrayed as an elderly, stout man with a _____ beard.

2. The plot of the novel is based on one of the _____ legends of Ancient Greece.
infantile
of or like an infant or infancy; childish
A child may revert to the _________ act of thumb-sucking when insecure.
inveterate
1. firmly established by age; deep-rooted

2. habitual
1. From their ancestors, Americans have inherited an _______ dislike of tyranny.

2.My cousin would like to give up cigarettes, but it will not be easy; she is an ________ smoker.
juvenile
1. of or for youth; youthful

2. immature
1. Books for grade-school children are usually located in the _____ section of the library.

2. Jody suggested we play hide-and-seek, ut we told her not to be _____.
longevity
1. long life

2. length of life
1. Methuselah is renowned for his _______; according to the Bible, he lived for 969 years.

2. Medical advances are prolonging the average person's _________.
matriarch
1. mother and ruler of a family

2. highly respected elderly lady
Mama, in A Raisin in the Sun, is the ___________ of the Younger family.
mature
1. full-grown; ripe

2.carefully thought out
1. Rita, 23, was not appointed manager because the employer wanted a more ______ person in that position.

2. These are _______ plans; they were not devised hastily.
nonage
legal minority; period before maturity
nonagenarian
person in his or her 90's
obsolescent
going out of use; becoming obsolete
obsolete
no longer in use out-of-date
patriarch
1. venerable old man

2. father and ruler of a family or tribe; founder
posthumous
1. published after the author's death

2. occurring after death
primeval
pertaining to the world's first ages; primitive
primordial
1. existing at the very beginning

2.elementary; primary; first in order
pristine
in original, long-ago state; uncorrupted
puberty
physical beginning of manhood or womanhood.
puerile
foolish for a grown person to say or do; childish
senile
showing the weakness of age
superannuated
retired on a pension; extremely old
venerable
worthy of respect because of advanced age, achievement, virtue, or historical importance
veteran
1. person experienced in some occupation, art, or profession

2. ex-member of the armed forces
yore
(always preceded by: of)
long ago
abstemious
sparing in eating and drinking; temperate; abstinent
carousal
jovial feast; drinking party
dipsomania
abnormal, uncontrollable craving for alcohol; alcoholism
inebriated
drunk; intoxicated
sober
1. not drunk; temperate

2. serious; free from excitement or exaggeration
sobriety
temperance; abstinence
sot
person made foolish by excessive drinking; drunkard
teetotaler
person who totally abstains from intoxicating beverages
bow
forward part of a ship; prow
brine
1. salty water

2. ocean; sea; the deep
doldrums
1. calm, windless part of the ocean near the equator

2. listlessness
flotsam
wreckage of a ship or its cargo found floating on the sea; driftage
jetsam
goods cast overboard to lighten a ship in distress
jettison
throw goods overboard to lighten a ship or plane; discard
leeward
in the directon away from the wind
marine
of the sea or shipping; nautical; maritime
mariner
sailor; seaman
starboard
pertaining to the right-hand side of a ship when you face the bow
carrion
decaying flesh of a carcass
contaminate
make impure by mixture; pollute
dross
waste; refuse
expurgate
remove objectionable material from a book; bowdlerize; purify
immaculate
spotless; absolutely clean; pure; faultless
offal
waste parts of a butchered animal; refuse; garbage
purge
cleanse; purify; rid of undesired element or person
slatternly
untidy; dirty from habitual neglect; slovenly
sloven
person habitually untidy, dirty, or careless in dress, habits etc...
sordid
filthy; vile
squalid
filthy from neglect; dirty; degraded
squalor
filth; degradation; sordidness
sully
tarnish; besmirch; defile
adjacent
lying near or next to; bordering; adjoining
approximate
nearly correct
contiguous
adjoining; touching
environs
districts surrounding a place; suburbs
juxtapose
put side by side; put close together
juxtaposition
close or sid-by-side position
propinquity
1. kinship

2. nearness of place; proximity