English Vocab List 2

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For Ms. Pickett's quest 12/16/10

abrogate

v: to abolish by authoritative action

parochial

adj: of or relating to a church parish OR limited (broader)

deferential

adj: showing or expressing deference; submissive to the power of

defamation

n: the act of harming the reputation of another

ameliorate

v: to make more tolerable

inculcation

n: the act of teaching by frequent repetitions / the act of instilling an idea into someone's mind

atomization

n: the act of dividing or fragmenting

congeries

n: a collection of items or parts of a whole; aggregation

slovenly

adj: untidy, esp. in personal appearance / careless / messy

sibilance

n: a quality or sound similar to that of the "s" or "sh" in "sash"

licentious

adj: lacking legal or moral restraints, esp. those of a sexual nature

exaltation

n: the act of raising in rank or power / intense exhilaration

enrapture

v: to fill with delight

guile

n: deceitful cunning

affidavit

n: a sworn statement in writing made especially under oath before an authorized magistrate

partisan

n: a firm adherent to a party or faction / a person that adheres to one's party

deposition

n: a testimony taken down in writing under oath (usually spoken?) / the act of removing someone from power

prodigious

adj: extraordinary in quantity or degree / awe-inspiring / wonderful

contention

n: disagreement / the act of striving against difficulties

providence

n: divine guidance or care / divine intervention

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