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Abhor
to hate
Aboriginal
native
Absolve
to free from blame, to forgive
Accentuate
to emphasize
Bastion
a stronghold, force
Bedlam
a scene of confusion, noisy disturbance
Benefactor
one who provides help/ gives money
Benign
harmless
Callous
showing no concern for others feelings, insensitive
Candor
honesty
Capricious
unpredictable
Carcinogenic
cancer causing
Debauchery
corrupt
Debilitate
to weaken
Debunk
to prove wrong
Decipher
to figure out
Egocentric
selfish
Elicit
to bring out/ to tell
Elixir
cure-all
Emaciate
to thin
Facade
front or side of a building
Faction
group
Facsimile
copy
Feasible
manageable/possible
Gaudy
showy/flashy
Genesis
origin
Gesticulate
to make gestures
Harbinger
one who goes ahead, forerunner
Heed
to give attention/ listen
Heirloom
passed down family valuable
Heresy
lack of faith/having a different religion than the accepted one
Idiom
an expression
Idiosyncrasy
an unusual habit
Illicit
illegal
Impartial
fair
Jaunt
short trip
Jurisdiction
area of authority
Juxtapose
to compare side by side
Judicious
showing good judgment
Kinetic
in motion, active
Kiosk
booth that sells items
Kismet
fate, destiny
Lackadaisical
showing lack of interest
Lampoon
to make fun of
Larceny
to steal
Layman
nonprofessional
Mandate
command
Marginal
containing a border/ borderline, minimal, peripheral
Maritime
pertaining to the sea
Martyr
one who dies for their religion
Nemesis
enemy
Neophyte
beginner, novice
Nepotism
showing favoritism to relatives
Nirvana
state of peace
Obtuse
simpleminded/not sharp
Ogle
to stare at
Ominous
threatening
Ordinance
a law
Palatable
acceptable
Panacea
remedy for all disease
Panache
nice style/manner/confidence
Pandemic
existing everywhere
Quarantine
isolation of one, to prevent disease
Quasi
resemblance, seems as if
Queue
to wait in line/ a long line
Quintessential
ideal
Rancor
hatred
Rapport
connection/ relationship
Rationale
fundamental reason
Recidivism
the habit repeating a crime
Scapegoat
one to take blame
Secede
to withdraw from alliance/group
Secular
nonreligious
Sedentary
well-mannered/ stays in one place
Temperance
moderation
Tenuous
thin form
Terse
brief to the point/ concise
Theology
study of religion
Underscore
to stress/ emphasize
Unequivocal
clear/absolute/certain
Unilateral
one-sided
Unprecedented
never done
Vacillate
indecisive
Vehement
forceful
Veneer
thin layer of wood
Vernacular
everyday language