Hard SAT Words - Group 1

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v. humiliate; lower or depress in rank or esteem

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v. embarrass; make ashamed or uneasy; disconcert

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v. make shorter; reduce to shorter form intended to represent full form, as for word or phrase

Spelling Word: abbreviate
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v. give up, renounce, abandon, lay down, or withdraw from, as a right or claim

Spelling Word: abdicate
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n. the act of giving up or renouncing a right, office, or position of power etc.

Spelling Word: abdication
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v. aid, usually in doing something wrong; encourage

Spelling Word: abet
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a. disgusting, loathsome

Spelling Word: abhorrent
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v. renounce upon oath; abandon forever

Spelling Word: abjure
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n. washing or cleansing of the body, especially as part of religious rite

Spelling Word: ablution
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v. give up or surrender; deny something to oneself

Spelling Word: abnegate
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n. repudiation; self-sacrifice; renouncing your own interests in favor of interests of others

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v. wear away by friction; scrape; erode

Spelling Word: abrade
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v. condense; shorten; reduce length of written text

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a. abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority

Spelling Word: abrogate
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v. leave quickly and secretly and hide oneself, often to avoid arrest or prosecution

Spelling Word: abscond
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a. sparing or moderation in eating and drinking; temperate

Spelling Word: abstemious
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v. accustom or become accustomed to a new environment or situation; adapt

Spelling Word: acclimate
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n. upward slope, as of hill

Spelling Word: acclivity
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n. award of merit; expression of approval; praise

Spelling Word: accolade
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v. approach and speak to boldly or aggressively, as with demand or request

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v. equip; provide with military equipment

Spelling Word: accouter
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n. growth or increase in size by gradual external addition, fusion, or inclusion

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n. bitterness of speech and temper; sourness or acidness of taste, character, or tone

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a. having properties of vinegar; sour

Spelling Word: acetic
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a. slightly sour in taste or in manner; sharp; caustic

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n. the act of acquiring or gaining possession

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a. bitter and sharp in language, tone, or manner

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n. animosity, sharp or bitter hatred

Spelling Word: acrimony
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n. fear of heights; abnormal fear of high places

Spelling Word: acrophobia
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a. calculating; pertaining to insurance statistics

Spelling Word: actuarial
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v. put into motion or action; activate

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n. sharpness; acuteness of vision or perception; keenness

Spelling Word: acuity
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n. an old saying, that has obtained credit by long use

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v. muddle; drive crazy; become confused

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v. be next to; be contiguous to; border on

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v. hear and settle a case by judicial procedure

Spelling Word: adjudicate
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n. something added on or attached generally nonessential or inferior

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v. appeal to or entreat earnestly; command or enjoin solemnly, as under oath

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n. gentle or friendly reproof; cautionary advice or warning

Spelling Word: admonition
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n. excessive flattery or admiration; unmerited praise

Spelling Word: adulation
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v. make impure by adding inferior or tainted substances

Spelling Word: adulterate
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v. give hint or indication of something; disclose partially or guardedly; overshadow; shade

Spelling Word: adumbrate
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a. accidental; casual; not inherent but added extrinsically

Spelling Word: adventitious
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n. advertisement an ad; public promotion of some product or service

Spelling Word: advert
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n. nest of bird, such as eagle, built on a cliff or other high place

Spelling Word: aerie
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v. fasten; append; add on; secure to something

Spelling Word: affix
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n. abundance; a plentiful supply of material goods; wealth

Spelling Word: affluence
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n. collection; heap; act or process of gathering into a mass

Spelling Word: agglomeration
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v. increase scope of; extend; intensify; make greater in power, influence, stature, or reputation

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n. one who is skeptical of existence of a god or any ultimate reality

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ad. as known or named at another time or place; also known as

Spelling Word: aka
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n. cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness

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n. established procedure for solving problem

Spelling Word: algorithm
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a. providing nourishment; concerned with food, nutrition, or digestion

Spelling Word: alimentary
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v. calm; pacify; reduce the intensity of; relieve

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v. to assert to be true

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n. symbolic representation of abstract ideas or principles in narrative, dramatic, or pictorial form

Spelling Word: allegory
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n. repetition of beginning sound in poetry

Spelling Word: alliteration
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v. assign; distribute according to plan

Spelling Word: allocate
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n. an indirect reference

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n. elevated place or structure before which religious ceremonies may be enacted or upon which sacrifices may be offered

Spelling Word: altar
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n. a combination of many different things; an alloy of mercury and other metals

Spelling Word: amalgam
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v. combine; unite in one body; mix or alloy a metal with mercury

Spelling Word: amalgamate
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v. collect; gather for oneself, as for one's pleasure or profit

Spelling Word: amass
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a. capable of using either hand with equal ease

Spelling Word: ambidextrous
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n. state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes, such as love and hate

Spelling Word: ambivalence
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n. moving at an easy pace; walk slowly or leisurely

Spelling Word: amble
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a. able to walk; formed or adapted for walking; not stationary

Spelling Word: ambulatory
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v. make or become better; improve; grow better

Spelling Word: ameliorate
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n. friendship; peaceful relations, as between nations

Spelling Word: amity
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a. formless; lacking shape or definition

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n. oval building with tiers of seats from central open space or arena

Spelling Word: amphitheater
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v. broaden or clarify by expanding; intensify; make larger or more powerful; increase

Spelling Word: amplify
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n. a person who has had one or more limbs removed by amputation

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a. having time error in story; erroneous in date; in wrong time

Spelling Word: anachronistic
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a. serving to reduce sensibility to pain without loss of consciousness

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n. solemn curse; someone or something regarded as a curse

Spelling Word: anathema
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n. family descent; series or line of ancestors; lineage

Spelling Word: ancestry
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a. serving as aid or accessory; auxiliary

Spelling Word: ancillary
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ad. once more; again; in a new and different way

Spelling Word: anew
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a. sharp-cornered; consisting of an angle or angles; stiff in manner

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n. feeling of animosity

Spelling Word: animus
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v. comment; make explanatory notes

Spelling Word: annotate
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n. source of relaxation or comfort; medicine that relieves pain

Spelling Word: anodyne
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v. precede; go before in time, and sometimes in place, rank, or logical order

Spelling Word: antecede
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n. preceding events or circumstances that influence what comes later; ancestors or early background

Spelling Word: antecedents
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a. antiquated; extremely old and ancient; belonging to very ancient times

Spelling Word: antediluvian
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n. book of literary selections by various authors

Spelling Word: anthology
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a. regarding human beings as the center of the universe

Spelling Word: anthropocentric
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a. manlike; resembling a human, especially in shape or outward appearance

Spelling Word: anthropoid
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a. having human form or characteristics

Spelling Word: anthropomorphic
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n. letdown in thought or emotion; decline viewed in disappointing contrast with previous rise

Spelling Word: anticlimax
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n. strong feelings of aversion or dislike

Spelling Word: antipathy
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n. South Africa's policy of racial separation, in place from 1948 to 1990.

Spelling Word: apartheid
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n. loss of speech due to injury or illness

Spelling Word: aphasia
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n. definition or concise statement of principle; tersely phrased statement of truth or opinion

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n. place where bees and beehives are kept, especially where bees are raised for their honey

Spelling Word: apiary
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n. poise; self-confident assurance

Spelling Word: aplomb
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n. the highest point; point in orbit most distant from the body being orbited

Spelling Word: apogee
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a. having aversion or lack of concern for political affairs

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n. person who argues in defense or justification of something, such as doctrine, policy, or institution

Spelling Word: apologist
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n. one who abandons his religious faith or political beliefs

Spelling Word: apostate
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n. elevation to godhood; fact or action of becoming a god; an ideal example of something

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v. depress or discourage with fear; grow faint or become weak

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v. attach; add as supplement or appendix

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a. strikingly appropriate and relevant; well-suited

Spelling Word: apposite
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v. estimate value of; evaluate, especially in official capacity

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n. term during which one learns a trade from skilled worker; service or legal condition of an apprentice

Spelling Word: apprenticeship
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v. inform; give notice to; make aware

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n. underground bed or layer yielding ground water for wells and springs etc

Spelling Word: aquifer
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n. prototype; original model or type after which other similar things are patterned

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n. a large group of islands; a sea, containing a large number of scattered islands

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n. an enclosed area, often outdoor, for the presentation of sporting events or other spectacular events

Spelling Word: arena
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n. hereditary nobility; privileged class

Spelling Word: aristocracy
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v. officially charge someone in a court of law

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v. claim without justification; claim for oneself without right

Spelling Word: arrogate
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n. manually skilled worker; craftsman, as opposed to artist

Spelling Word: artisan
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a. preventing infection; having cleansing effect

Spelling Word: aseptic
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a. ash-colored; very pale; consisting of ashes

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a. with sideways or indirect look; Turned to side, especially of eyes

Spelling Word: askance
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n. look, or particular appearance of the face; the visual percept of a region

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n. harshness of manner, roughness

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n. one who aspires, as to advancement, honors, or a high position

Spelling Word: aspirant
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v. analyze; evaluate; examine by trial or experiment; put to test

Spelling Word: assay
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v. to make similar, to incorporate or absorb into

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n. eye defect that prevents proper focus

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a. causing contraction; having the effect of drawing tissue together; stern or austere

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a. not identical on both sides of a dividing central line

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n. resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents; deformity returning after passage of two or more generations

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a. displaying characteristics of previous cultural era or of previous ancestral form

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a. denying existence of God; godless

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n. extreme criminality or cruelty; quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumane

Spelling Word: atrocity
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v. make slender, fine, or small; weaken; lessen density of

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n. gradual decrease in numbers; reduction in work force without firing employees; wearing away of opposition by means of harassment

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a. not normal; unusual or irregular; not representative of a group, class, or type

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n. an invisible breath; distinctive atmosphere or quality associated with something

Spelling Word: aura
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n. the outermost region of the sun's atmosphere; halo

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a. characteristic of dawn; dawning, eastern, like new beginning; relating to the atmospheric phenomenon auroras

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n. severe and rigid economy; severe or rigorous simplicity; absence of adornment or luxury

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v. prove genuine; establish authenticity of

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a. expecting absolute obedience; completely dominating another's will

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n. dictator; ruler having unlimited power

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a. having absolute, unchecked power; dictatorial

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n. mechanism that imitates actions of humans

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a. self-governing; not controlled by others or by outside forces; independent

Spelling Word: autonomous
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n. fall or slide of a large mass, as of snow or rock, down a mountainside

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n. art or act of flying; specifically, the science or art of directing and controlling flying-machines

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n. activity taken up in addition to one's regular work or profession, usually for enjoyment

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a. in manner of uncle, pertaining to uncle; kind, genial, benevolent or tolerant

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