a closed meeting of a group of persons belonging to the same political party or faction usually to select candidates or to decide on policy; also : a group of people united to promote an agreed-upon cause
relating to or situated near or on the back especially of an animal or of one of its parts
the scientific study of elections
favoritism shown to friends and associates (as by appointing them to positions without regard for their qualifications)
correct or appropriate behavior
the journalistic use of subject matter that appeals to vulgar tastes
conspicuously and tastelessly indecent
favoritism (as in appointment to a job) based on kinship
notably or brilliantly outstanding because of dignity or achievements or actions : eminent
taking on different forms
divine guidance or care
to make a payment or contribution of money — usually used with up
ill-mannered and coarse and contemptible in behavior or appearance
worthy only of being despised and rejected
brilliant and showy technical skill
someone who deliberately foments trouble
a person who refuses to follow established ideas or ways of doing things
an art movement in sculpture and painting that began in the 1950s and emphasized extreme simplification of form and color
allocate, distribute, or apportion anew
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