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formality - ceremonious quality; ceremonious adherence to rules; something done just for form's sake; Ex. mere formality
blunder - error; stupid mistake
civil - having to do with citizens; not military or religious; courteous and polite; Ex. married in a civil ceremony; Ex. civil strife/disorder/law; N. civility; CF. civic
surveillance - close observation of a person (esp. one under suspicion); watching; guarding
musty - stale (in odor or taste); spoiled by age; CF. moist
ancestry - family descent; ADJ. ancestral
transparent - permitting light to pass through freely; easily detected; obvious; clear; Ex. transparent lie
impale - pierce (with a sharp point); Ex. impaled by the spear
valid - logically convincing; sound; legally acceptable; effective; Ex. valid reasoning/passport
touchstone - stone used to test the fineness of gold alloys; criterion; standard