Lessons #9-#10

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anachronism

anything that is out of place in time.

anon

soon; shortly.

antebellum

before the war; especially before the American Civil War.

antediluvian

old fashioned; before the flood.

atavism

reversion to a primitive type; resemblance to a remote ancestor.

augury

the art of prophecy; an omen.

biennial

happening every two years.

chronology

arrangement of events in time; determination of dates.

diurnal

daily; of the daytime.

eon

long, indefinite period of time; thousands of years.

ephemeral

short-lived; transitory.

epoch

noteworthy period.

generation

the period of time between the birth of one group and that of its offspring.

score

twenty people or objects; twenty years.

tercentenary

a period of 300 years.

abut

border on; adjoin.

bane

cause of death, ruin, or distress.

deign

to think it beneath one's dignity; condescend; give.

eke

to supplement; to manage to make a living with difficulty; to use frugally.

knell

to ring in a slow, solemn way; toll; to call or announce by a mournful ringing; an omen of death or failure.

mete

to allot. distribute or apportion.

moot

discussion or argument of a hypothetical law case; debatable; so hypothetical as to be meaningless.

mulct

to punish by a fine or by depriving of something; to extract by fraud or deceit.

plumb

perfectly vertical; directly; to test or sound with a plumb line (measure); to discover the facts of; to fathom, solve or understand.

quail

to draw back in fear; lose heart or courage; cower

roil

to make a liquid cloudy or muddy; to stir up or agitate; to make angry; rile.

shunt

to move or turn to one side; to shift or switch from one track to another.

svelte

slender and graceful; suave; polished.

thrall

a slave or bondman; a person under the moral or psychological domination of something or someone; slavery.

tryst

an appointment, as by lovers; to meet.

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