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avuncular

adj. Like an uncle.

bigamy

n. Marriage to two mates.

familial

adj. Having to do with the family.

fraternal

adj. Pertaining to brothers; brotherly.

fraternize

v. To be friendly with. To socialize with an enemy population.

matriarchy

n. A society ruled or controlled by women.

matriculate

v. To register as a student

matrix

n. The surroundings within which something begins or develops.

monogamy

n. Marriage to a single mate.

patriarch

n, The head of a family or tribe.

patrimony

n. A family inheritance.

patronage

n. Support; encouragement. Business clientele; customers.

patronize

v. To go to regularly.

patronymic

n. Name derived from a paternal ancestor.

uxorious

adj. Dominated by one's wife.

entity

n. Something that has a real or independent existence.

essence

n. The basic element; the identifying characteristic. A substance in concentrated form obtained from a plant or drug. A perfume.

euthanasia

n. The act of painlessly killing a suffering person or animal; mercy killing.

innate

adj. Possessed at birth; inborn.

moribund

adj. About to die or end.

mortify

v. To shame.

naive

adj. Childlike; unsophisticated. Gullible.

nascent

adj. Emerging; coming into existence.

nonentity

n. Something that does not exist or exists only in the imagination.

orthopedics

n. Branch of medicine treating disorders of the skeletal system and tissues related to movement.

pedagogue

n. A teacher.

pedant

n. A person who pays excessive attention to learning rules rather than to understanding.

postmortem

n. An examination to determine the cause of death by poison. An analysis of something that is over.

puerile

adj. Childish; immature.

renaissance

n. A rebirth; a renewal. A revival of humanism in fourteenth-century to sixteenth-century Europe.

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