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bonanza
(n.) a rich mass of ore in a mine; something very valuable, profitable, or rewarding; a source of wealth or prosperity; a very large amount; sudden profit or gain
churlish
(adj.) lacking politeness or good manners; lacking sensitivity; difficult to work with or deal with; rude
citadel
(n.) a fortress that overlooks and protects a city; any strong or commanding place
decree
(n.) an order having the force of law; (v.) to issue such an order; to command firmly or forcefully
evolve
(v.) to develop gradually; to rise to a higher level
excerpt
(n.) a passage taken from a book, article, etc.; (v.) to take such a passage; to quote
grope
(v.) to feel about hesitantly with the hands; to search blindly and uncertainly
hover
(v.) to float or hang suspended over; to move back and forth uncertainly over or around
jostle
(v.) to make or force one's way by pushing or elbowing; to bump, shove, brush against; to compete for
laggard
(n.) a person who moves slowly or falls behind; (adj.) falling behind, slow to move, act, or respond
plaudits
(n. pl.) applause; enthusiastic praise or approval
preclude
(v.) to make impossible, prevent, shut out
revert
(v.) to return, go back
rubble
(n.) broken stone or bricks; ruins
servile
(adj.) of or relating to a slave; behaving like or suitable for a slave or a servant, menial; lacking spirit or independence, abjectly submissive