chapter 3 group 16

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Ms. Gill, English II

adolescent (adj.)

growing from childhood to adulthood; roughly, of the teenage period

adolescent (n.)

teenager

antediluvian

antiquated; belonging to the time before the Biblical Flood (when all except Noah and his family perished)

archaic

no longer used, except in special context; old-fashioned

callow

young and inexperienced; unfledged

contemporary (adj.)

1. of the same period or duration - 2. modern; up-to-date

contemporary (n.)

person who lives at the same time as another

crone

withered old woman

decrepit

weakened by old age

defunct

dead; deceased; extinct

forebear

forefather; ancestor; progenitor

hoary

1. white or gray with age - 2. ancient

infantile

of or like a child; childish

inveterate

1. firmly established by age; deep-rooted - 2. habitual

juvenile

1. of or for youth; youthful - 2. immature

longevity

1. long life - 2. length of life

matriarch

1. mother and ruler of a family or tribe; founder - 2. highly respected old woman

mature

1. full-grown; ripe - 2. carefully thought out

nonage

legal minority; period before maturity

nonagenarian

person 90-99 years old (Note also octogenarian, person 80-89 years old, and septuagenarian, person 70-79 years old)

obsolescent

going out of use

obsolete

no longer in use; out-of-date

patriarch

1. father and ruler of a family or tribe; founder - 2. highly respected old man

posthumous

1. published after the author's death - 2. occurring after death

prelapsarian

of the time or state before the fall of mankind

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-age state; uncorrupted

puberty

physical beginning of manhood (at about age 14) or womanhood (at about age 12)

puerile

foolish for a grown person to say or do; childish

senile

showing the weakness of age

superannuated

1. retired on a pension; advanced in years; very old - 2. incapacitated by age

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

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