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::: collateral - security given for loan; ADJ: secondary; descended from the same person but through different sons or daughters
::: audacious - daring; bold; N. audacity
::: antecedents - preceding events that influence what comes later; ancestors or early background
::: functionary - official (who performs a particular function)
::: prescience - ability to foretell the future; knowledge of actions before they occur; ADJ. prescient
::: assumption - something taken for granted; the taking over or taking possession of; Ex. her assumption of power; V. assume
::: contagion - infection (by contact); ADJ. contagious; CF. infectious: that can be passed by infection in the air
::: calamity - disaster; misery
::: refectory - dining hall; room where meals are served (in a school)
::: engaged - employed; busy; betrothed; involved in conflict