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assay - analyze (to discover what materials are present); evaluate (soil or ore)
cavalcade - procession of riders or horse-drawn carriages; parade; CF. cavalry
gorge - stuff oneself (with food); glut; CF. gorgeous: dazzlingly beautiful
commemorative - remembering; honoring the memory of; Ex. commemorative stamp
sacrilegious - desecrating; profane; N. sacrilege: desecration, misuse, or theft of something sacred
hackles - hairs on back and neck, especially of a dog; Ex. make someone's hackles rise
preempt - prevent in advance; head off(forestall); forestall by acting first; appropriate for oneself before others; supplant; take the place of; displace; Ex. preempt any attempts; ADJ. preemptive
phoenix - symbol of immortality or rebirth; Ex. phoenix rising from its ashes
mire - entangle; stick in swampy ground; stick or sink in mire; N: bog; deep mud; Ex. sucked deeper into the mire
posthumous - after death (as of child born after father's death or book published after author's death); coming or occurring after one's death; Ex. posthumous fame/novel