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retroactive - taking effect before its enactment (as a law) or imposition (as a tax); (of a law) having effect on the past as well as the future
motley - multi-colored (as of a garment worn by a jester); mixed; heterogeneous; CF. jester: one who jests (as a paid fool at medieval courts)
foster - rear; bring up (for a certain period only); encourage; promote the development of (feelings or ideas); Ex. help foster friendly relations; ADJ: giving parental care although not related by blood; Ex. foster parents
platitude - trite remark; commonplace statement; ADJ. platitudinous
luminary - celebrity (in a specific field); dignitary; object that gives light (as a celestial body)
rendezvous - meeting place; meeting at a set time or place; V.
backslide - revert (to bad habits); N. reverter
inimical - (of someone) unfriendly; hostile; (of something) harmful; detrimental; CF. enemy
prevaricate - lie; hide the truth (by equivocating)
ecologist - person concerned with the interrelationship between living organisms and their environment; person concerned with the detrimental effects of human civilization on the environment; CF. ecology