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The 'venerable' old man was a cherished source of advice and wisdom for the villagers.

calling forth respect through age, character, and attainments


She is a member of a small 'congregation'.

an assembly of persons : gathering; a religious community


A 'fissure' in the Earth's crust...

narrow opening or crack of considerable length and depth usually occurring from some breaking or parting


It is a good time to tour country in the 'verdure' of midsummer.

the greenness of growing vegetation; a condition of health and vigor


The prisoners 'contrived' a way to escape.

to form or create in an artistic or ingenious manner; devise, plan


The amazing 'dexterity' of the acrobat....

mental skill or quickness : adroitness; readiness and grace in physical activity


The coach is 'notorious' among the students for his violent outbursts.

generally known and talked of


Teiresias' grave was at the Tilphusian spring; but there was a 'cenotaph' of him at Thebes.

a tomb or a monument erected in honor of a person or group of persons whose remains are elsewhere


On the cruise, I spent hours appreciating the ocean’s 'azure' waves.

the blue color of the clear sky


The school 'endeavors' to teach students to be good citizens.

to attempt (something, such as the fulfillment of an obligation) by exertion of effort


Despite repeated warnings, they have continued to 'flout' the law.

to treat with contemptuous disregard : scorn; to indulge in scornful behavior


She was a popular ruler throughout her 'reign'.

royal authority : sovereignty


She cautiously 'skulked' into her sister's room.

to move in a stealthy or furtive manner


He feels that wealthy people view him with 'contempt' and disdain because he is poor.

the act of despising : the state of mind of one who despises : disdain; lack of respect or reverence for something


A 'vile' and cowardly act...

morally despicable or abhorrent; disgustingly or utterly bad : obnoxious, contemptible


'Ere' long the hounds arrived, but here they lost the scent.

'before' ... forward of : in front of; under the jurisdiction or consideration of; preceding in time : earlier than


As he daydreamed, 'fugitive' thoughts skid through his mind.

running away or intending flight; moving from place to place : wandering


Keep your valuables within your 'valises' before boarding!



The poor man died as a 'pauper' and is buried in an unmarked grave.

a person destitute of means except such as are derived from charity; one who receives aid from funds designated for the poor


They explored the 'frontier' between Canada and the U.S.

a border between two countries; a line of division between different or opposed things


A lack of 'prudence' and caution may lead to financial problems.

the ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason; skill and good judgment in the use of resources


Though you cannot see it, sound waves constantly 'oscillate' as they travel through the air.

to swing backward and forward like a pendulum; to move or travel back and forth between two points


They were painted with oil on canvas, but the manner of their portrayal was 'oblique' and enigmatic.

neither perpendicular nor parallel : inclined; not straightforward : indirect


Hopefully, the medicine will 'annihilate' the bacteria

to cause to cease to exist : to do away with entirely so that nothing remains