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assurance - firm statement that something is certainly true; promise or pledge; certainty; confidence in one's own ability; self-confidence; Ex. In spite of all his assurances, he did not come back; Ex. assurance of his loyalty; Ex. The teacher lacked assurance in fron of his class; V. assure; tell firmly with confidence; ensure; make (something) certain to heappen; make (someone) feel sure; give confidence to; ADJ. assured: self-assured; confident in one's own ability; showing certainty
hinterlands - back country; inner part of a country; OP. foreland
contempt - scorn; disdain; ADJ. contemptuous; CF. contemptible
patina - green crust on old bronze works or copper; tone slowly taken by varnished painting
corpus - collection (of writings or information); Ex. the corpus of Shakespear's works; Cf. corpse
arboretum - place where different trees and shrubs are studied and exhibited
quaint - odd in an old-fashioned way; odd; old-fashioned; picturesque
faction - party; clique (within a large group); dissension
provenance - place of origin; origin or source of something; Ex. Gunpowder is of Chinese provenance; CF. come
circlet - small ring; band of gold, silver, jewel, etc. (worn on the head, arms, or neck as decoration)