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The city was built with its roads and buildings situated in a centripetal manner.
inclined to move towards the middle or center
There wasn't a scintilla of truth in his story.
the smallest piece, a slight trace, a speck
The youngest member of the tribe's gerontocracy was seventy-seven.
a government based on rule by elders
Ruth felt a consanguinity with her best friend.
kinship, relationship through a common ancestor
Juan's presence was ursine and intimidating.
bear-like; referring to or having to do with a bear
His administrative job was sinecure and relatively simple.
a well-paying position with little responsibility
The servants were asked to genuflect before the king
to bend a knee in respect, expressing servility
She was a dilettante whose occasional paintings never earned her much money.
one who superficially takes up an art or activity
Patrick could barely stand the ignominy of failing calculus
deep public disgrace, shame and dishonor