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Aegis

(n.) protection; patronage; sponsorship

Apprise

(v.) to inform of; to make aware of by giving oral or written notice

Bibulous

(adj.) fond of or inclined to drink; absorbent

Claque

(n.) a group of people hired to applaud a performer or performance; enthusiastic or fawning admirers; an opera hat

Deracinate

(v.) to pull up by the roots; to root out, uproot, or dislocate; to eliminate all traces of

Eleemosynary

(adj.) charitable; dependent upon or supported by charity; derived from or provided by charity

Indigenous

(adj.) originating in the country or region where found, native; inborn; inherent

Lachrymose

(adj.) given to tears or weeping; causing to shed tears; mournful, lugubrious

Lexicon

(n.) a dictionary of a language; the special vocabulary of a person, group, or subject; a compendium

Melee

(n.) a confused struggle; a violent free-for-all; a tumultuous mingling.

microcosm

(n.) a miniature world or universe; a group or system viewed as the model of a larger group or system.

Minuscule

(adj.) very small, tiny; (n.) a lowercase letter

Obfuscate

(v.) to darken or obscure; to confuse or bewilder

Paternalism

(n.) the policy or practice of treating or governing people in the manner of a father dealing with his children

Polarize

(v.) to cause or concentrate around two conflicting or contrasting positions; to cause light to vibrate in a pattern.

Purview

(n.) the range, extent, or scope of something; in law, the scope or limit of what is provided in a statute

Sanguine

(adj.) having a ruddy complexion; of a naturally cheerful, confident, or optimistic outlook

Solecism

(n.) a substandard or ungrammatical usage; a breach of etiquette; any impropriety or mistake

Vassal

(n.) a person under the protection of a feudal lord to whom he or she owes allegiance; a subordinate or dependent; a servant; (adj.) subservient

Verisimilitude

(n.) the quality of appearing to be true, real, likely, or probable

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