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absolute

adj. total; unlimited; perfect

abstinent

adj. voluntarily not doing something

abstract

adj. theoretical; impersonal

acrimonious

adj. full of spite; bitter; nasty

acute

adj. sharp; shrewd

aggregate

n. sum total; a collection of separate things mixed together

agrarian

adj. relating to land; relating to the management or farming of land

allege

v. to assert without proof

anachronism

n. something out of place in time or history; an incongruity

apartheid

n. policy of racial segregation in South Africa

appease

v. to sooth; to pacify by giving in to

ascendancy

n. supremacy; domination

assiduous

adj. hardworking; busy; quite diligent

autonomous

adj. acting independently

autonomous

adj. acting independently

bane

n. poison; torment; cause of harm

blatant

adj. unpleasantly or offensively noisy

blight

n. disease in plants; anything that injures or destroys

bureaucracy

n. any large administrative system characterized by inefficiency lots of rules and red tape

burgeon

v. to expand; to flourish

capricious

adj. unpredictable; likely to change at any moment

cerebral

adj. brainy; intellectually refined

chastise

to inflict punishment on; to discipline

cogent

powerfully convincing

collusion

conspiracy

comprehensive

covering or including everything

comprise

to consist of

contiguous

side by side; adjoining

credulous

eager to believe; gullible

culpable

deserving blame; guilty

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