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ancestry - family descent; ADJ. ancestral
ruminate - chew over and over (mentally or, like cows, physically); mull over(ponder)
authoritarian - subordinating the individual to the state; completely dominating another's will; Ex. authoritarian regime/father
barrage - barrier laid down by artillery fire; overwhelming profusion; large number of questions or statements; Ex. a barrage of criticism
postmortem - autopsy; ADJ: occurring after death; of a postmortem
slacken - slow up; loosen; make or become slack
catcall - shout of disapproval or displeasure (made at the theater or a sports match); boo; V.
restraint - moderation or self-control; controlling force; restriction
surveillance - close observation of a person (esp. one under suspicion); watching; guarding
rapacious - voracious; ravenous; taking everything one can; excessively grasping; plundering; subsisting on live prey; Ex. rapacious birds