Quadrivial Quandary:  Logophiles, Rejoice!  Each day we give you four unusual words.  Can you fit them all in one illustrative sentence?

Attempts to resolve the Quandary:


The numinous quest ascribed to many a missionary was in reality nothing more than a palliative cloak beneath which dedicated anomie and savage depredation reigned unchecked in the name of God. (by gumo420)


Not long ago, our town was suffused with aromas bordering on the numinous, but our coffee culture is now suffused with anomie, a change that can be ascribed to the depredation of our local roasters by national chains. (by Rudi)


He ascribed the holiday anomie to a failed belief in the numinous, Hallmark, Starbucks, and the depredation of home cooked meals. (by chantal)


The gods have given the nod to the old library (with its remarkable, numinous reading room), far removed in spirit at least from the anomie of its environs and, to date, immune from the depredations of the locals, which I ascribe simply to their superstitious fear of the carvings on the outer walls. (by cusheamus)


No sooner had Vishvamitra ascribed the the anomie of the forest to the presence of the cursed rakshasi Tataka, than Rama realized he could restore its numinous splendor despite Tataka's depredation. (by QuaQua)


'"If schlock 'n' awe don't bring out the numerous in them pesky heathens then help me gawd but I'll delegate their country, I'll subscribe the enemy to our next excursion, I'll . . . you got that down, dumbass?, - then clean it up and read it back to me: "If shock and awe fail to evoke the numinous I shall depredate their country and ascribe anomie to our next incursion" - yeah, sure it's O.K., whatever, - now watch this drive!' (by Bud Myte)
The Quandary for Monday, December 14, 2009 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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