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::: antecedents - preceding events that influence what comes later; ancestors or early background
::: biennial - every two years
::: disdain - treat with scorn or contempt
::: irrelevant - not applicable; unrelated
::: dutiful - (duteous) (of people or their behavior) respectful; obedient (filled with a sense of duty)
::: precipitate - hurl downward; throw headlong; hasten; cause to happen sooner; condense and fall as rain or snow; cause (a solid substance) to be separated from a solution; ADJ. hasty; rash; premature; sudden
::: amphitheater - oval building with tiers of seats; CF. arena
::: opaque - dark; not transparent; N. opacity
::: sheathe - place into a case; insert into or provide with a sheath; Ex. He sheathed his dagger; N. sheath: case for a blade
::: genteel - well-bred; elegant; striving to convey an appearance of refinement; Ex. genteel poverty