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rancid - having the odor of stale or decomposing fat; rank
precursor - forerunner; predecessor
belie - contradict; give a false impression; disguise; Ex. The poor sales belied our high hopes; Ex. Her smile belies her true feeling of displeasure.
fictitious - imaginary; non-existent; purposely invented to deceive; untrue; Ex. fictitious name/boyfriend; CF. fictional
cadence - rhythmic rise and fall (of words or sounds); beat; regular beat of sound; rhythm
penury - extreme poverty; stinginess; ADJ. penurious: very poor; stingy
ecosystem - ecological community together with its environment
diffidence - shyness; lack of self-confidence; timidity; ADJ. diffident
quintessence - purest and highest embodiment; perfect example; apotheosis; most essential element; Ex. quintessence of wit; ADJ. quintessential; CF. fifth essence
imbalance - lack of balance or symmetry; disproportion