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despotism
tyranny, dictatorship
despotic
of a despot (a monarch having absolute power), domineering, dictatorial, tyrannical, autocratic

The American colonists revolted against the despotic rule of George III.
disputatious
argumentative, contentious
initiate
begin, introduce, originate, inaugurate

put through the ceremony of becoming a member, admit, induct

The Pilgrims initiated the custom of celebrating Thanksgiving Day.
initiation
induction, installation
commendable
praiseworthy, laudable
multitudinous
many, numerous
perception
idea, conception
spineless
having no backbone, weak,indecisive, cowardly
Jolly Roger
pirates' flag, black flag with white skull and crossbones

The flying from the ast of the approaching ship indicated that it was a pirate ship.
cache
hiding place to store something

After confessing, the robber led detectives to a or stolen gems in the basement.
commend
praise, mention favorably, compliment

The volunteers were for their heroic efforts to save lives.
cur
worthless dog

Lassie is a kind and intelligent animal. Please don't refer to her as a .
dispute
argue about, debate, declare not true, call into question, oppose, challege

Charley my solution until I showed him definite proof that I was right.
edifice
building, especially a large or impressive building

The huge under construction near the airport will be a hotel.
era
historical period, period of time, age, epoch

The atomic began with the dripping of the first atomic bomb in 1945
multitude
very large number of people or things, crown, throng, horde, swarm

There was such a outside the store waiting for the sale to begin that we decided to return later.
perceive
become aware of through the senses, see, note, observe, behold, understand

When the lights went out, I couldn't see a thing, but gradually I was able to the outlines of the larger pieces of furniture.
portal
door, entance, especially, a grand or impressive one, gate

The original doors at the main entrance have been replaced by bronze .
reserved
restrained in speech or action, reticent, uncommunicative,tightlipped, taciturn

unsociable, aloof, withdraw

Mark was at first but became much more communicative when he got to know us better.
restrain
hold back, check, curb, repress, kepp under control

Mildred could not her impulse to open the package immediately, even though it read, "Do not open before Christmas"
retract
draw back, withdraw, take back, unsay

You can depend on Fran. Once he has given his promise , he will not it.
spine
chain of small bones down the middle of the back backbone

The ribs are curved bones extending from the and enclosing the upper part of the body.
stroll
idle and leisurely walk, ramble

It was a warm spring afternoon and many people were out for a .
timorous
full of fear, afraid, timid

I admit I was when I began my speech, but as I went along, I felt less and less afraid.
tuition
payment for instruction

When I go to college, I will probably work each summer to pay the .
version
account or descriptino from one point of view, interpretsation

Now that we have Vera's description of the accident, let us listen to your .