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::: inconsistency - state of being self-contradictory; lack of uniformity or steadiness; ADJ. inconsistent: displaying a lack of consistency; erratic; contradictory; incompatible
::: terrestrial - on or relating to the earth
::: solstice - point or time at which the sun is farthest from the equator
::: avert - prevent; avoid; turn away (eyes or thought); Ex. An accident was averted by his quick thinking; Ex. She averted her eyes from the terrible sight.
::: colossal - huge
::: galleon - large three-masted sailing ship
::: alloy - mixture as of metals; something added that lowers in value or purity; V: mix; make less pure; lower in value or quality; spoil; CF. unalloyed: not in mixture with other maetals; pure; complete; unqualified; Ex. unalloyed happiness
::: contumacious - stubborn and disobedient; resisting authority (esp. disobedient to an order made by a court)
::: carat - (karat) unit of weight for precious stones; measure of the purity of gold
::: defile - pollute; make filthy or dirty; corrupt morally; profane; desecrate; N: narrow passage or gorge through mountains