9a, 3 and 6

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abominate

(v.) To have an intense dislike or hatred for

acculturation

(n.) the resultant blend

adventitious

(adj.) accidental, not essential

ascribe

(v.) To assign or refer to

circuitous

(adj.) not direct

commiserate

(v.) To sympathize with

enjoin

(v.) to direct or order

expedite

(v.) to make easy

expiate

(v.) to avert

ferment

(n.) a state of great excitement, agitation, or turbulence; (v.) to be in or work into such a state

inadvertent

(adj.) accidental

nominal

(adj.) not real

noncommittal

(adj.) Not decisive or definite

peculate

(v.) to take improperly for one's own use

proclivity

(n.) A natural or habitual inclination or tendency

sangfroid

(n.) Composure or coolness

seditious

(adj.) Resistant to lawful authority

tenuous

(adj.) Thin, slender

vitriolic

(adj.) bitter, sarcastic

wheedle

(v) to use coaxing or flattery to gain some desired end

anomalous

(adj.) abnormal

aspersion

(n.) a damaging or derogatory statement

bizarre

(adj.) unusual

brusque

(adj.) abrupt

cajole

(v.) to coax

castigate

(v.) to punish severely

contrive

(v.) invent

demagogue

(n.) a leader who exploits popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power

disabuse

(v.) to free from deception or error

ennui

(n.) boredom

fetter

(n.) a chain or shackle placed on the feet (v.) to chain or shackle

heinous

(adj.) hateful

immutable

(adj.) constant

insurgent

(n.) one who rebels against authority; (adj.) rising in revolt

megalomania

(n.) a delusion marked by a feeling of power, wealth, talent

sinecure

(n.) an easy job

surreptitious

(adj.) stealthy, secret

transgress

(v.) to sin

transmute

(v.) to change from one form to another

vicarious

(adj.) performed, suffered

abate

(v.) to nullify

adulation

(n.) praise or flattery that is excessive

anathema

(n.) An object of intense dislike

astute

(adj.) shrewd, crafty

avarice

(n.) a greedy desire

culpable

(adj.) deserving blame

dilatory

(adj.) not prompt

egregious

(adj.) conspicuous

equivocate

(v.) to be deliberately vague

evanescent

(adj.) light and airy

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