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::: punctilious - minutely attentive (perhaps too much so) to fine points; stressing niceties of conduct or form; N. punctilio, punctiliousness: careful attention payed to every small exact detail
::: paleontology - study of prehistoric life or fossils; CF. paleo-: ancient or prehistoric; Ex. paleography: study of ancient written documents
::: censor - (in ancient Rome) overseer of morals (also taking the census); person who eliminates inappropriate matter; V.
::: transpose - reverse the order or position of
::: reprieve - postponement or cancelation of a punishment; temporary stay; V: postpone or cancel the punishment of
::: dwindle - shrink; reduce gradually
::: reverberate - echo repeatedly; resound; Ex. The thunder reverberated across the valley.
::: predetermine - determine in advance; predestine; settle or decide beforehand; influence markedly
::: acuity - sharpness (of mind or senses of sight or hearing)
::: fugitive - fleeting or transitory; lasting only a short time; roving(wandering); running away or fleeing as from the law; N: one who flees; Ex. fugitives at large