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detract
to take away from especially value, beauty, and importance
plumb
1. to measure the depth of water
2. to get to the deepest part of
3. to understand by examining closely; to solve
4. straight up and down; vertical
encumber
1. to weigh down or burden
2. to slow the action of (difficult to move forward)
consecrate
1. to set apart as holy
2. to dedicate to a cause; devote
disseminate
to scatter or spread widely
paraphernalia
1. personal belongings
2. equipment associated with a particular activity
contemporary
1. a person living during the same time period as another
2. existing or occuring at the same time
despot
a ruler with absolute power or tyranical control over a group of people
impoverish
1. to make poor
2. to take away
speculate
1. to think about or make a guess
2. to engage in a risky buisness venture
dogma
(dogmatic)
1. an unproven principle or belief held to be true
2. overly positive and assertive about something that cannot be proven
embody
1. to put an idea into a form that can be seen
2. to make a part of a system; incorporate
oratory
(orator)
1. the art of public speeking
2. a public speaker
rudimentary
1. not yet fully developed
2. elementary
affront
1. to insult or to offend deliberatly
antiquity
(antiquities)
1.the ancient world, especially before the middle ages
2. the quality of great age
3.valuable object from ancient times
cleave
1. to split with force or a sharp instrument
2. to cling or be faithful
facet
1. any of the many small, flat surfaces on a precious stone made by cutting
2. one of many sides or aspects of something
repose
1. to lie at rest
2. to place (power etc) in some person or group
3. a state of rest or relaxation
incapacitate
to make helpless or incapable
magnanimous
(magnanimity)
1. generous, unselfish, or forgiving
2. quality of being above meanness or spite; generosity of spirit enabling one to bear trouble calmly
practicable
1. capable of being done; feasible
2. usable
remunerate
to pay or reward