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implore

The ghost children implore Coraline to escape and avoid their fate.

acquiescing

U.S. officials have long denied acquiescing to Iraqi chemical attacks, insisting that Hussein’s government never announced he was going to use the weapons. But retired Air Force Col. Rick Francona, who was a military attaché in Baghdad during the 1988 strikes, paints a different picture.
[• Exclusive: CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran By Shane Harris And Matthew M Aid. At http://foreignpolicy.com/2013/08/26/exclusive-cia-files-prove-america-helped-saddam-as-he-gassed-iran/ , Accessed on 2017-04-08 ]

floundering

It would be unfair to say more, save that the narrative is brilliantly complex and beguiling, and the climax devastating. Rumours are triumphantly confirmed, while certainties are ruthlessly disposed of. Every detail in the patchwork has its relevance, and the reader who fails to give the book full concentration will soon be floundering.
[• BOOK REVIEW / Dead soldiers, broken hearts: ‘A Very Long Engagement’ By Mike Petty. At https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/book-review-dead-soldiers-broken-hearts-a-very-long-engagement-sebastien-japrisot-tr-linda-coverdale-1505454.html , Accessed on 2017-04-07 ]

facile

He soon became convinced that the saturated fats found in meat and dairy products were the cause, and thus began the war on fat that galvanized my parents.

Taubes, a pugnacious writer who clearly relishes the role of muckraker, digs up a long history of attempts to discredit charges against sugar and to point the finger at fat as the primary dietary cause of disease.

The temptation to draw facile connections is ever-present in medical research, and the most valuable current work on these conditions is a matter not of grand unified theories but of a multiplicity of very fine-grained observations. Taubes is critical of scientists’ tendency to see disorders as “multifactorial” and “multidimensional”—that is, as arising from a complex interplay of factors.

[• Is Fat Killing You, or Is Sugar? By Jerome Groopman. At http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/04/03/is-fat-killing-you-or-is-sugar , Accessed on 2017-03-29 ]

beeline

The train pulls into Pennsylvania Station during the morning rush, the doors open and you make a beeline for the escalators.
[• Why You Shouldn't Walk on Escalators By Christopher Mele. At https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/04/us/escalators-standing-or-walking.html , Accessed on 2017-04-06 ]

divest

Rockefellers to divest fossil fuels
bbc news headline, , http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-29310475 

stewardship

The Washington Post Co. agreed Monday to sell its flagship newspaper to Amazon.com founder and chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos, ending the Graham family's stewardship of one of America's leading news organizations after four generations.
[• Washington Post to be sold to Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon By Paul Farhi. At http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/washington-post-to-be-sold-to-jeff-bezos/2013/08/05/ca537c9e-fe0c-11e2-9711-3708310f6f4d_story.html , Accessed on 2013-08-05 ]

litany

Abelson: Right. But it's still weird to me that I would start teaching programming by going through a litany of what are all the primitives in the language and what are the data types and all that stuff. For me, the first breakthrough is how do you put stuff together.
Hal Abelson Q&A By Peter Seibel. At http://www.codequarterly.com/2011/hal-abelson/

numerological

The 2012 phenomenon was a range of eschatological beliefs that cataclysmic or transformative events would occur around 21 December 2012. This date was regarded as the end-date of a 5,125-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar. Various astronomical alignments and numerological formulae were proposed as pertaining to this date, but none had ever been accepted by mainstream scholarship.
2012 phenomenon, 2012-12-22