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caucus

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

dorsal

relating to or situated near or on the back especially of an animal or of one of its parts

kismet

fate

psephology

the scientific study of elections

cronyism

favoritism shown to friends and associates (as by appointing them to positions without regard for their qualifications)

propriety

correct or appropriate behavior

indolence

laziness

sensationalism

the journalistic use of subject matter that appeals to vulgar tastes

vulgar

conspicuously and tastelessly indecent

nepotism

favoritism (as in appointment to a job) based on kinship

illustrious

notably or brilliantly outstanding because of dignity or achievements or actions : eminent

protean

taking on different forms

providence

divine guidance or care

pungle

to make a payment or contribution of money — usually used with up

boorish

ill-mannered and coarse and contemptible in behavior or appearance

contemptible

worthy only of being despised and rejected

bravura

brilliant and showy technical skill

instigator

someone who deliberately foments trouble

noncomformist

a person who refuses to follow established ideas or ways of doing things

minimalism

an art movement in sculpture and painting that began in the 1950s and emphasized extreme simplification of form and color

reapportion

allocate, distribute, or apportion anew

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