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allay - calm; pacify
evanescent - fleeting; vanishing; soon disappearing; V. evanesce
lineage - descent; ancestry
archaeology - study of artifacts and relics of early mankind
dictum - authoritative and weighty statement (made by a judge in court); saying; maxim; CF. obiter dictum: incidental, nonbinding remark (something said in passing)
sybarite - lover of luxury; person devoted to pleasure and luxury; CF. Sybaris: an ancient Greek city in Italy
temerity - boldness; nerve; rashness; Ex. temerity to ask for a pay increase after only three day's work
defalcate - embezzle
mortify - humiliate by embarassing excessively; shame; punish the flesh; discipline (one's body) by self-denial; Ex. mortified by her blunder; Ex. mortify the flesh; CF. cause to die
sycophant - servile flatterer; bootlicker; yes man; ADJ. sycophantic