Unit 5 Vocabulary

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autonomy

self-government, political control

precept

a rule of conduct or action

equitable

fair, just, embodying principles of justice

transient

lasting only a short time, fleeting; one who stays only a short time

unwieldy

not easily carried, handled, or managed because of size or complexity

blazon

to adorn or embellish; to prevent misunderstanding or discourage behavior

extricate

to free from entanglements or difficulties; remove with effort

soporific

tending to cause sleep, relating to sleepiness or lethargy; something that induces sleep

amnesty

a general pardon for an offense against a government; in general, any act of forgiveness

scathing

bitterly severe, withering; causing great harm

filch

to steal, esp. sneakily and in petty amounts

sepulchral

funereal, typical of the tomb; extremely gloomy or dismal

axiomatic

self-evident, expressing a universally accepted principle or rule

fractious

tending to be troublesome; unruly, quarrelsome, contrary; unpredictable

vapid

dull, uninteresting, tiresome; lacking in sharpness, flavor, liveliness, or force

prognosticate

to predict, esp. on the basis of present indications or signs, foretoken

salutary

beneficial, helpful; healthy, wholesome

caveat

a warning or caution to prevent misunderstanding or discourage behavior

addendum

an addition or supplement designed to increase correctness, completeness, or currency

scourge

to whip, punish severely; a cause of affliction or suffering; source of severe criticism

flout

to mock, treat with contempt

straitlaced

extremely strict in regard to moral standards and conduct; prudish, puritanical

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