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Slovenly

careless about one's own appearance

Irony

intended meaning different from literal sense; the difference in expected and what actually happens

Scion

an heir; a descendant

Archaic

of a much earlier, often more primitive period

Recluse

one who hides from the world

Apprehend

to become aware of through the senses

Fathom

to measure the depth of; to understand

Congregate

to assemble into a group

Draconian

extremely harsh and severe

Utopia

an ideally perfect place

Demure

coy; modest; reserved

Curfew

a regulation requiring people to be inside at a certain time

Perpetuity

a state of infinite or indefinitely long duration

Check

to restrain or block

Lore

knowledge about a particular subject, especially or a traditional or popular nature

Egress

going out; the right to go out or exit

Piquant

agreeably pungent or sharp in taste; tart; agreeably stimulating or interesting

Caste

a rigid and hereditary social class

Waggish

mischievous; playful

Cognizant

aware (with "of")

Elysian

heavenly or delightful

Kin

one's relative

Waif

a person without home or friends

Placebo

something presented as a drug, but having no actual effect

Gauge

an instrument for measuring or testing; to measure

Lucrative

producing wealth; profitable

Fluctuate

to move back and forth or up and down, especially unpredictably

Archetype

the original pattern or model; a perfect example

Repose

relaxation; a state of rest

Innocuous

harmless

Shard

a fragment of a brittle substance; a small piece of something

Artifact

an object produced by human work, especially one of historical or archaeological interest

Insidious

subtly harmful; stealthy, sneaky

Inscribe

to write, carve or engrave words or letters on or in a surface

Rift

a break in friendly relations

Morass

an area of swampy ground; something that hinders

Clamber

to crawl or climb with difficulty, especially on all fours

Stagnant

inactive; not moving

Dapper

neat and trim in appearance

Decry

to speak out against strongly and openly

Xenophobia

fear or hatred of strangers of foreigners

Ostentatious

showy; pretentious

Improvise

to do without preparation

Deference

yielding an opinion, desire, or position to another out of respect

Palpable

capable of being handled, touched, or felt; easily perceived

Labyrinthine

complicated; puzzling

Affluence

wealth

Referendum

direct popular vote on a law or measure of public policy

Tender

to offer formally; a legal offer; something, especially money, offered in payment

Effusive

overflowing; excessively emotional

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