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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.