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Final Vocabulary

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pedantic
a. (adj.) marked by a concern for minute, often unimportant and uninteresting details
erudite
a. (adj.) possessing deep and extensive learning, especially learning gotten from books
instill
a. (verb) to introduce gradually
cursory
a. (adj.) hasty b. not thorough
discursive
a. (adj.) rambling; digressive b. covering a wide range of subjects
concurrent
a. (adj.) occurring at the same time; simultaneous
succor
a. (noun) help in time of distress b. (verb) to give aid and comfort in time of distress
acrimonious
a. (adj.) bitter and ill-natured in language or tone
impugn
a. (verb) to criticize or refute by argumentation b. to oppose as false or worthless; cast doubt on
aegis
a. (noun) sponsorship b. protection
mitigate
a. (verb) to make less severe or intense; moderate
importune
a. (verb) to press with repeated and insistent requests; beg urgently
extricate
a. (verb) to free or release from an entanglement or difficulty
predecessor
a. (noun) someone or something that comes before another in time; especially in an office or position; forerunner
egress
a. (noun) a path or means of going out; an exit
antithesis
a. (noun) direct contrast; opposition
comparable
a. (adj) having like traits; similar; equivalent b. worthy or capable of comparison
disparity
a. (noun) the condition or fact of being unequal in age, rank, or degree; difference b. lack of similarity; unlikeness
nuance
a. (noun) a subtle or slight degree of difference, as in meaning, color, or tone; a delicate shading; gradation
despot
a. (noun) a ruler having absolute power or authority b. a person who exercises power oppressively; a tyrant
autonomy
a. (noun) independence; the quality or condition of being self-governing
feudal
a. (adj.) characteristic of social and economic system of government used in Europe [ex. i give you land, you owe me work]
hegemony
a. (noun) dominion or control, particularly of one country over others b. dominant influence or authority
hierarchy
a. (noun) an order of persons or entities classified according to authority, rank, or importance
sovereign
a. (noun) the chief of state, usually in a monarchy b. (adj.) self-governing; independent c. having the highest rank or supreme power
usurp
a. (verb) to seize and retain the rights, power, property, or position of another without legal authority
presentiment
a. (noun) a sense of something about to occur; premonition; foreboding
extort
a. (verb) to obtain by threats or other coercive means
purloin
a. (verb) to steal b. to commit theft
flippant
a. (adj.) marked by a disrespectful frivolity or indifference; rudely witty
emigrate
a. (verb) to leave one country or region in order to settle in another
persecute
a. (verb) to ill-treat persistently and grievously b. to annoy continually; pester
austerity
a. (noun) strict economy, especially that imposed by force b. severity or sternness of appearance or disposition c. severity or strictness of discipline d. the state of being bare of ornamentation or decoration
depreciate
a. (verb) to decrease in value b. to undervalue; belittle
blase
a. (adj.) very sophisticated; worldly b. uninterested, unexcited, or bored as a result of extensive indulgence or enjoyment
adroit
a. (adj.) having or showing skill, cleverness, or resourcefulness in handling difficult situations b. skillful in the use of the hands or body; dexterous
entrepreneur
a. (noun) a person who organizes, operated, and assumes the risk of a business venture
forte
a. (noun) something in which a person excels; a strong point