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criteria - standards used in judging; CF. criterion
gentry - people of standing(rank or position); people of good family or high social position; class of people just below nobility
quintessence - purest and highest embodiment; perfect example; apotheosis; most essential element; Ex. quintessence of wit; ADJ. quintessential; CF. fifth essence
paraphrase - restate a passage in one's own words while retaining thought of author; N: restatement of a text in other words
bemused - confused; lost in thought; preoccupied
millennium - thousand-year period (as in the New Testament); hoped-for period of happiness and prosperity
rebuke - scold harshly; criticize severely
imminent - impending; near at hand
anthropomorphic - having human form or characteristics
dismiss - eliminate from consideration; no longer consider; put out of court without further hearing; reject; discharge from employment; direct to leave; ADJ. dismissive; N. dismissal