1. Antiquated (adj.): old; outdated; "The antiquated furniture had sentimental value because it was passed down from Jenna's great, great grandmother."
2. Austere (adj.): severely simple; unadorned; "Most very religious people choose to wear austere clothing rather than ornate, showy styles."
3. Avaricious (adj.): greedy; "Our society has become so avaricious and the food industry has accomodated our gluttony with all you can eat buffets and extra-large servings."
4. Bestial (adj.): animal-like; "Cavemen look incredibly bestial as compared to human beings today; they appeared more animalistic than we do in modern times."
5. Bibliophile (n.): one who loves books; "English teachers aren't the only ones considered bibliophiles; there are so many others out there who have great passion for literature."
6. Clandestine (adj.): sneaky; surreptitious; "The clandestine meeting was only allowed for members with passwords."
7. Clemency (n.): leniency; mercy; "The criminal was given clemency when he revealed the lead burglar; only then was he able to have a reduced sentence."
8. Defame (v.): to slander, as in hurting one's reputation; "The politician's reputation was defamed ever since his affairs with a large number of women surfaced to the public."
9. Enfeeble (v.): to weaken; debilitate; "After running a marathon (that's 26.2 miles), most runners feel enfeebled by the exhaustion, and they often walk slowly and awkwardly."
10. Germane (adj.): relevant; "Studying hard in school is germane to a bright future."
11. Hinder (v.): to prevent; obstruct; "The fiery sun's extraordinary heat hindered the runners from achieving personal bests; obviously, they were disappointed with their finishing times."
12. Illicit (adj.): unlawful or illegal; "Trespassing is considered illicit and can result in jail time."
13. Implicate (v.): To show or prove to be involved in or concerned; "The missing girl's parents have been implicated in her disappearance and now everyone feels that they were involved in the crime."
14. Loathe (v.): to hate; to feel malice for; "Scrooge is the character who loathes the holiday season; he's the complete opposite of the jovial Santa Claus."
15. Misnomer (n.): A name wrongly or mistakenly used; "When someone says that they need a kleenex, they've used a misnomer. Kleenex is a brand name for a certain tissue and does not represent all tissues."
16. Neophyte (n.): a novice or a beginner; "A neophyte is someone who's just beginning to learn a skill or subject."
17. Noxious (adj.): harmful; toxic; "Artificial sweeteners and other artificial flavors have been found to be noxious--causing cancer in lab animals."
18. Omnipotent (adj.): having unlimited and universal power; "No one is omnipotent; everyone has limitations."
19. Omniscient (adj.): having unlimited or infinite knowledge; "Teachers do not claim to be omniscient; they do not have knowledge on every subject."
20. Pious (adj.): religious; "Studies have shown that Americans are less pious than they were in past years; people are much more secular today."