Final Vocabulary

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pedantic

a. (adj.) marked by a concern for minute, often unimportant and uninteresting details

erudite

a. (adj.) possessing deep and extensive learning, especially learning gotten from books

instill

a. (verb) to introduce gradually

cursory

a. (adj.) hasty b. not thorough

discursive

a. (adj.) rambling; digressive b. covering a wide range of subjects

concurrent

a. (adj.) occurring at the same time; simultaneous

succor

a. (noun) help in time of distress b. (verb) to give aid and comfort in time of distress

acrimonious

a. (adj.) bitter and ill-natured in language or tone

impugn

a. (verb) to criticize or refute by argumentation b. to oppose as false or worthless; cast doubt on

aegis

a. (noun) sponsorship b. protection

mitigate

a. (verb) to make less severe or intense; moderate

importune

a. (verb) to press with repeated and insistent requests; beg urgently

extricate

a. (verb) to free or release from an entanglement or difficulty

predecessor

a. (noun) someone or something that comes before another in time; especially in an office or position; forerunner

egress

a. (noun) a path or means of going out; an exit

antithesis

a. (noun) direct contrast; opposition

comparable

a. (adj) having like traits; similar; equivalent b. worthy or capable of comparison

disparity

a. (noun) the condition or fact of being unequal in age, rank, or degree; difference b. lack of similarity; unlikeness

nuance

a. (noun) a subtle or slight degree of difference, as in meaning, color, or tone; a delicate shading; gradation

despot

a. (noun) a ruler having absolute power or authority b. a person who exercises power oppressively; a tyrant

autonomy

a. (noun) independence; the quality or condition of being self-governing

feudal

a. (adj.) characteristic of social and economic system of government used in Europe [ex. i give you land, you owe me work]

hegemony

a. (noun) dominion or control, particularly of one country over others b. dominant influence or authority

hierarchy

a. (noun) an order of persons or entities classified according to authority, rank, or importance

sovereign

a. (noun) the chief of state, usually in a monarchy b. (adj.) self-governing; independent c. having the highest rank or supreme power

usurp

a. (verb) to seize and retain the rights, power, property, or position of another without legal authority

presentiment

a. (noun) a sense of something about to occur; premonition; foreboding

extort

a. (verb) to obtain by threats or other coercive means

purloin

a. (verb) to steal b. to commit theft

flippant

a. (adj.) marked by a disrespectful frivolity or indifference; rudely witty

emigrate

a. (verb) to leave one country or region in order to settle in another

persecute

a. (verb) to ill-treat persistently and grievously b. to annoy continually; pester

austerity

a. (noun) strict economy, especially that imposed by force b. severity or sternness of appearance or disposition c. severity or strictness of discipline d. the state of being bare of ornamentation or decoration

depreciate

a. (verb) to decrease in value b. to undervalue; belittle

blase

a. (adj.) very sophisticated; worldly b. uninterested, unexcited, or bored as a result of extensive indulgence or enjoyment

adroit

a. (adj.) having or showing skill, cleverness, or resourcefulness in handling difficult situations b. skillful in the use of the hands or body; dexterous

entrepreneur

a. (noun) a person who organizes, operated, and assumes the risk of a business venture

forte

a. (noun) something in which a person excels; a strong point

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