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20 terms

vocab unit 3

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abominate
(v.) extreme hatred, loathing:something despised; to have an intense hatred or dislike for
acculturation
(n.) the modification of the social patterns, traits, or structures of one group or society by contact with those of another; the resultant blend
adventitious
(adj.) resulting from chance rather than from an inherent cause or character; accidental, not essential; (medicine) acquired, not congenital
ascribe
(v.) to assign or refer to (as a cause or source), attribute
circuitous
(adj.) roundabout, not direct, indirect, meandering, winding
commiserate
(v.) to sympathize with, have pity or sorrow for, share a feeling of distress, to feel sorry for, empathize
enjoin
(v.) to direct or order; to prescribe a course of action in an authoritative way; to prohibit, bid, charge, command
expedite
(v.) to make easy, cause to progress faster, accelerate, facilitate, speed up
ferment
(n.) a state of great excitement, agitation, or turbulence; commotion, turmoil, unrest; (v.) to be in or work into such a state; to produce alcohol by chemical action
expiate
(v.) to make amends, make up for; to avert, redeem, make amends for, atone
inadvertent
(adj.) resulting from or marked by lack of attention; unintentional, accidental, unconsidered
nominal
(adj.) existing in name only, not real; too small to be considered or taken seriously, token, inconsequential
noncommittal
(adj.) not decisive or definite; unwilling to take a clear position or to say yes or no, playing it safe
peculate
(v.) to steal something that has been given into one's trust; to take improperly for one's own use, embezzle, defraud, misappropriate
proclivity
(n.) a natural or habitual inclination or tendency (especially of human character or behavior) PENCHANT AND PROPENSITY
sangfroid
n. composure or coolness, especially in trying circumstances, poise, self-assurance, equinimity
seditious
(adj.) resistant to lawful authority; having the purpose of overthrowing an established government, rebellious
tenuous
(adj.) thin, slender, not dense; lacking clarity or sharpness; of slight importance or significance; lacking a sound basis, poorly supported
vitriolic
(adj.) bitter, sarcastic; highly caustic or biting (like a strong acid), withering, acerbic, mordant
wheedle
(v.) to use coaxing or flattery to gain some desired end, sweet-talk, inveigle, cajole