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Tale of Two Cities Vocab

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Deviate
v. to turn aside from a course or way; to depart, as from a norm, purpose, or subject; to stray; to cause to turn aside or differ (from something, as in a norm or purpose; often followed by the preposition from).
Synonym: to swerve (away from)
n. one who departs from a norm, purpose or subject.
Edify
v. to instruct especially so as to encourage intellectual, moral, or spiritual improvement.
Synonyms: to educate; to enlighten
Filial
adj. of, relating to, or befitting a son or daughter; having or assuming the relationship of child or offspring to a parent; of or relating to a generation or the sequence of generations following the parental generation.
Synonyms: familial; kindred
Grievous
adj. causing grief, pain, or anguish.
Synonyms: painful, serious, dire, grave
Hallowed
adj. regarded as holy; venerated; sacred.
Synonyms: blessed, holy.
Ignoble
adj. not noble in quality, character, or purpose; base; not of the nobility; common.
Synonyms: dishonorable, ignominious, contemptible; obscure, plebeian, peasant.
Infernal
adj. of, relating to, or characteristic of hell or the underworld; irritating and tiresome (used for emphasis).
Synonyms:hellish, annoying.
Infidel
n. an unbeliever with respect to a particular religion, especially Christianity or Islam; one who has no religious beliefs; one who doubts or rejects a particular doctrine, system, or principle.
Synonym: heathen; pagan
Ingenuity
n. the quality of being cleverly inventive or resourceful; cleverness or skillfulness of conception or design.
Synonym: inventiveness
Insolent
adj. boldly rude or audacious.
n. one who is boldly rude or audacious.
Synonyms: brazen, disrespectful
Moot
adj. Subject to debate, dispute, or uncertainty; of no practical importance.
Synonyms: arguable; irrelevant.
Pandemic
adj. widespread; epidemic over a wide geographic area and affecting a large proportion of the population:
n. A widespread disease.
Synonyms: pervasive; rampant; epidemic
Piety
n. the state or quality of demonstrating religious devotion and reverence to God; devotion and reverence; a position held conventionally or hypocritically; a devout act, thought, or statement; a statement of such a position.
Synonym: devotion
Posit
v. to assume as a fact; to put forward as a basis of argument; to base something on the truth of (a particular assumption); to put in position or to place noun)
n. a statement that is made on the assumption that it will prove to be true.
Synonym: to postulate
Requisite
adj. Required; essential. See Synonyms at indispensable.
n. Something that is indispensable; a requirement.
Synonyms: required; a requirement
Requite
v. to make repayment or return for (service, benefits, etc.); to make retaliation for (a wrong, injury, etc.); to avenge; to make return to (a person, group, etc.) for service, benefits, etc; to retaliate on (a person, group, etc.) for a wrong, injury, etc.; to give or do in return.
Synonyms: to repay, to reward, recompense, compensate, pay, remunerate, reimburse. 2. revenge.
Sovereign
n. One that exercises supreme, permanent authority, especially in a nation or other governmental unit, as in a king, queen, or other noble person who serves as chief of state; a ruler or monarch; a national governing council or committee; a nation that governs territory outside its borders; a gold coin formerly used in Great Britain.
adj. self-governing; politically independent; having supreme rank or power; paramount; supreme; of superlative strength or efficacy; unmitigated.
Synonym: ruler
Tempestuous
adj. of, relating to, or resembling a storm; tumultuous.
Synonym: stormy
Vex
v. to annoy, as with petty importunities; bother. To cause perplexity in; puzzle; to bring distress or suffering to; to plague or afflict; to debate or discuss (a question, for example) at length; to toss about or shake up.
Synonyms: to annoy; to debate; to unsettle.
Wheedle
v. to endeavor to influence (a person) by smooth, flattering, or beguiling words or acts; to persuade (a person) by smooth talk and flattery; to obtain (something) by artful persuasions.
Synonyms: to flatter, to cajole; to coax, to beguile, to inveigle.