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abdictate

to give up power

abrogate

revoke formally

affiliation

the act of becoming formally connected or joined

anarchy

a state of lawlessness and disorder (usually resulting from a failure of government)

apostate

a disloyal person who betrays or deserts his cause or religion or political party or friend etc.

apotheosis

model of excellence or perfection of a kind

atonement

the act of atoning for sin or wrongdoing (especially appeasing a deity)

autocratic

offensively self-assured or given to exercising usually unwarranted power

banish

expel from a community or group

blasphemous

characterized by profanity or cursing

bureaucracy

nonelective government officials

cabal

a clique (often secret) that seeks power usually through intrigue

cant

two surfaces meeting at an angle different from 90 degrees

commandeer

consecrate

consecrate

render holy by means of religious rites

coronation

the ceremony of installing a new monarch

debacle

a sudden and violent collapse

decree

a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)

depose

topple from power

despotic

characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule

devote

dedicate

devout

devoutly religious

doctrine

a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school

ecclesiastic

a clergyman or other person in religious orders

edict

a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)

embargo

a government order imposing a trade barrier

emissary

someone sent on a mission to represent the interests of someone else

enfranchise

grant freedom to

ethos

(anthropology) the distinctive spirit of a culture or an era

exile

the act of expelling a person from their native land

expatriate

expel from a country

expurgate

edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate

figurehead

figure on the bow of some sailing vessels

formality

compliance with formal rules

hallow

render holy by means of religious rites

heresy

belief contrary to what is generally accepted

homilectics

act of preaching

icon

religious image or idol

ideology

system of ideas

impeach

to charge with crime in office

imperial

relating to an emperor or empire

imperious

assuming power or authority without justification

impiety

lack of reverence or dutifulness

impious

showing little respect or reverence

implement

to put into effect

incantation

a singing or chanting of magic

incumbent

one who holds public office

infidel

a nonbeliever

inquisitor

someone who asks questions

knell

the sound of a bell

levy

to impose a fine or to collect a payment

martyr

someone who dies in the name of a cause

monastic

related to monasteries or monks

monolithic

uniform and unyielding

muffler

a silencer

nepotism

favoritism to a relative

nihilist

someone who believes taht existence is meaningless

nirvana

ideal state of enlightenment

omnipotent

all-powerful

omnipresent

everywhere at once

omniscient

all-knowing

ordinance

decree

orthodox

traditional in belief

pact

an agreement

perdition

damnation

philistine

a smug ignorant person; one who lacks knowledge

piety

spiritual devotion

pious

dutiful to parents; devoted to religion

platitude

overused moral statement

preponderance

the majority

profane

inappropriate and anti-religion

proselytize

to convert to a religion

prostrate

to stretch out

ratify

to formally approve

regal

royal

regime

method or system of government

sacrilegious

violation of something sacred

sanction

a threatened penalty

sanctuary

a safe heaven

satellite

a smaller body associated with or controlled by a larger body

seculoar

material (not spiritual) living outside monasteries

sermon

reproving a person for his faults

sovereign

supreme and self-governing

totalitarian

government with centralized and absolute power

tribute

tax collected by a ruler

unorthodox

not like the usual

utopia

a perfect world

xenophobia

fear of foreigners

zealot

uncompromising fanatic of an ideal

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