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treatise - article treating a subject systematically and thoroughly
solstice - point or time at which the sun is farthest from the equator
rickety - (of buildings) likely to break or fall apart; of rickets; CF. rickets; CF. vitamin D
insinuate - hint; imply; suggest indirectly; creep in; introduce or insert (oneself) by artful means; Ex. insinuate himself into the boss's favor; CF. ingratiate
gauche - clumsy (in social behavior); coarse and uncouth
memorial - something, such as a monument or holiday, intended to honor the memory of a person or event; ADJ: commemorative
decry - express strong disapproval of; condemn openly (something dangerous to the public); disparage; Ex. decry the violence of modern films
pare - cut away the outer covering or skin of (with a knife); trim; Ex. pare apples/expenses
secession - withdrawal; V. secede: withdraw formally from membership
detain - keep waiting; prevent from leaving or going; N. detention