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::: lottery - contest in which winners are selected in a drawing of lots
::: extort - wring from; get money by threats, etc.; obtain by force or threats; CF. extortionate: exorbitant
::: moratorium - legal delay of payment or action; Ex. declare moratorium on the building of new houses
::: chaste - morally pure; virginal; abstaining from illicit sexual acts; modest; simple (of a style of writing); not highly decorated; austere
::: automaton - mechanism that imitates actions of humans; machine that works by itself
::: anarchy - absence of governing body; state of disorder
::: overture - musical introduction to a long musical piece; first offer or proposal (to begin talks in the hope of reaching an agreement); Ex. overtures for peace
::: intrinsic - essential; inherent; built-in
::: decipher - decode; CF. indecipherable
::: appease - pacify or soothe; Ex. appease a crying baby; N. appeasement