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pretense
n. a false or misleading show of something
negligent
adj. careless; inattentive
alacrity
n. cheerful willingness; swiftness
dilemma
n. a situation in which one must choose between two equally bad alternatives
archeology
n. the recovery and study of material evidence from the past
incredulous
adj. disbelieving; skeptical
reign
v. to rule, as by a monarch; to be prevalent;

n. the period of rule
strident
adj. loud and shrill or grating
advocate
v. to speak in support of something
habitat
n. the place where a person or thing is ordinarily found
noisome
adj. disgustingly offensive; foul
dogmatic
adj. arrogantly asserting unproved principles
disperse
v. to scatter in different directions
modest
adj. limited in amount, extent, etc.
provincial
adj. limited in perspective; unsophisticated
amnesty
n. governmental pardon
assail
v. to attack; to assault
exquisite
adj. of extreme beauty or excellence
paleontology
n. the study of fossils of life forms from the past
haughty
adj stuck-up; arrogant;snobbish
contract
v. to reduce in size by drawing together
ethics
n. the standards or rules governing proper conduct
insular
adj. narrow in outlook; provincial
superficial
adj. on the surface only; shallow; not thorough
veracious
adj. honest; truthful
surmise
v. to infer something by intuition or with slender evidence;

n. such an inference
inspire
v. to have an animating effect upon; influence or impel
corrupt
adj. marked by immorality; dishonest; containing errors
rustic
adj. of or living in the country
emblematic
adj. symbolic, representative of more
harrowing
adj. very distressing; painful
allocate
v. to set apart for a special purpose; designate
quest
n. a pursuit or search
futile
adj. having no useful result
harmonious
adj. in agreement
prophecy
n. a prediction
listless
adj. having no interest in what is going on about one; languid;spiritless
dupe
v. to deceive; to trick

n. a person easily tricked
inclined
adj. disposed ; willing
omen
n. an indication of the future
inherent
adj. included as an essential part; intrinsic
pensive
adj. thinking deeply or seriously, often of sad things
vitality
n. the force that distinguishes life from death; exuberance
nonchalant
adj. seemingly to be unconcerned or indifferent
affirmation
n. a confident declaration of truth
quarry
a hunted bird or animal; prey
chaste
adj. pure; not engaging in sexual activity
flighty
adj. extremely emotional; passionate
biennial
adj. happening every two years
juvenile
adj. not fully grown; immature
modicum
n. a small quantity
menace
n. a threat;

v. th threaten
paucity
n. smallness of number; scarcity
domestic
adj. relating to the home or family; relating to one's own country
forthcoming
adj. about to appear; available when needed;communicative
telling
adj. strikingly effective
liberal
adj. generous; giving freely
distraction
n. mental distress; that which amuses or entertains
sporadic
adj. occurring irregularly
propaganda
n. material distributed by those in favor of a specific cause and reflecting their point of view
acclaim
v. to praise enthusiastically, esp. publicly
brood
v. to be deep in thought; to think over moodily and at length
compost
n. a mixture of decaying organic matter used to improve soil
underhanded
adj. sneaky
attract
v. to pull towards; to stimulate interest
millenium
n. a period of 1000 years
vicarious
adj. felt as if one were taking part in the experiences of another
proliferate
v. to grow or reproduce rapidly
oath
n. a formal promise
temperate
adj. consistent; moderate; without extreme
decisive
adj. conclusive; beyond doubt; showing determination
marvel
v. to be astonished or surprise; to wonder
transmit
v. to send something out; to broadcast; to pass from one person to another
aristocracy
n. a hereditary ruling class; a group considered to be superior to the others
vacuous
adj. lacking substance or intelligence
supercilious
adj. feeling or showing proud contempt
radical
adj. favoring fundamental or extreme change; relating to roots or origins
diffuse
v. to spread around or scatter;

adj. widely scattered
Olypian
adj. majestic; God like
outmoded
adj. no longer in fashion
turmoil
n. extreme confusion; uproar
arable
adj. suitable for growing crops ( of land)
hierarchy
n. a ranking according to status or ability; a group having authority
junta
n. a group of military officers ruling a country after seizing power
reprehensible
adj. deserving to be severely criticized
rancorous
adj. bitter and resentful
optimum
adj. the most favorable point or condition
appropriate
v. to set apart for a specific use; to take possession of, often without permission
lopsided
adj. larger or shaped differently on one side than on another
abstract
adj. without reference to specific instance or concrete existence; theoretical

v. to remove
frivolous
adj. of little importance
caustice
adj. capable of burning or corroding by chemical action; bitingly sarcastic cutting
secular
adj. not religious; worldly
perennial
adj. lasting through the years
laudable
adj. worthy of praise
upset
v. to overturn
lavish
adj. generous; extravagant
lethargic
adj. dull; sluggish; moving slowly
sanctuary
n. a holy place; a place of refuge