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::: antecedents - preceding events that influence what comes later; ancestors or early background
::: usurp - seize another's power or rank (without legal authority); supplant; appropriate; N. usurpation; CF. take for one's own use
::: sheathe - place into a case; insert into or provide with a sheath; Ex. He sheathed his dagger; N. sheath: case for a blade
::: loath - reluctant; unwilling; disinclined; Ex. Romeo and Juliet were both loath for him to go.
::: indulgent - humoring; yielding; lenient; showing indulgence
::: madrigal - pastoral song; song for several singers without instruments
::: placid - peaceful; calm; Ex. placid child/lake
::: politic - prudent; judicious; well judged; expedient; well devised
::: deference - courteous regard for another's wish; courteous yielding to another's wish or opinion (showing respect); ADJ. deferential; OP. effrontery
::: surveillance - close observation of a person (esp. one under suspicion); watching; guarding