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austere - forbiddingly stern; ascetic; without comfort or enjoyment; severely simple and unornamented; Ex. a monk's austere life; Ex. austere grandeur of the cathedral; N. austerity
ornate - excessively or elaborately decorated
preternatural - beyond what is normal in nature; supernatural; Ex. preternatural strength/forces
ecologist - person concerned with the interrelationship between living organisms and their environment; person concerned with the detrimental effects of human civilization on the environment; CF. ecology
portend - foretell; presage; be a sign or warning of; N. portent: sign; omen; forewarning
complicity - participation; involvement (in a questionable act or a crime)
avarice - greediness for wealth
stipend - pay for services
reconcile - make friendly again (after quarrel); make consistent (two ideas in opposition); correct inconsistencies; Ex. reconcile one's political principles with one's religious beliefs
substantive - substantial; essential; pertaining to the substance; substantial; considerable; Ex. substantive issues