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Vocab Words (2)

quiz friday 4/27/12
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Aegis
A shield; Protection; Sponsorship.
Alms
Voluntary contributions to aid the poor.
Apprise
To inform of; To make aware of by giving oral or written notice.
Bibulous
Given in to; Marked by the consumption of alcohol.
Claque
A group of people hired to applaud a performer or performance; Enthusiastic or fawning admirers.
Compunction
A feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed).
Deracinate
To pull up by the roots; to root out, uproot, or dislocate; to eliminate all traces of.
Indigenous
Originating where it is found; Native.
Lexicon
A dictionary of a language; The special vocabulary of a person, group, or subject.
Melee
A confused struggle; A violent free-for-all.
Microcosm
A miniature model; Something that resembles something else on a very small scale.
Miniscule
Extremely small.
Obfuscate
Make obscure or unclear.
Paternalism
The attitude (of a person or a government) that subordinates should be controlled in a fatherly way for their own good.
Polarize
To cause to concentrate around two conflicting or contrasting positions.
Purview
The range, extent, or scope of something.
Sanguine
Cheerfully confident; Optimistic.
Solecism
A socially awkward or tactless act.
Vassal
A person under the protection of a feudal lord to whom he or she owes allegiance; Dependent; Servant.-
Verisimilitude
The quality of appearing to be true, real, likely, or probable.