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chapter 3 group 16

Ms. Gill, English II
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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no longer in use; out-of-date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