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outstrip - outrun; surpass; outdo
statute - law enacted by the legislature
recite - repeat aloud (something learned); describe; Ex. recite his complaints; N. recitation
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)
cistern - reservoir or water tank
acrimonious - stinging; caustic; bitter in words or manner; N. acrimony: bitter ill-natured animosity in speech or behavior
extirpate - root up; uproot; destroy completely
rationale - fundamental reason or principle (on which a system or principle is based); fundamental reason or justification; grounds for an action
atheistic - denying the existence of God; N. atheism
execute - put into effect; carry out; kill as a lawful punishment; N. execution