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20 terms

Vocab Workshop #3

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Abominate
(v.) to have an intense dislike or hatred 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
Commiserate
(v.) to sympathize with, have pity or sorrow for, share a feeling of distress
Enjoin
(v.) to direct or order; to prescribe a course of action in an authoritative way; to prohibit
Expiate
(v.) to make amends, make up for; to avert
Ferment
(n.) a state of great excitement, agitation, or turbulence; (v.) to be in or work into such a state; to produce alcohol by chemical action
Inadvertent
(adj.) resulting from or marked by lack of attention; unintentional, accidental
Nominal
(adj.) existing in name only, not real; too small to be considered or taken seriously
Noncommittal
(adj.) not decisive or definite; unwilling to take a clear position or to say yes or no
Peculate
(v.) to steal something that has been given into one's trust; to take improperly for one's own use
Proclivity
(n.) a natural or habitual inclination or tendency (especially of human character or behavior)
Sangfroid
(n.) composure or coolness, especially in trying circumstances
Seditious
(adj.) resistant to lawful authority; having the purpose of overthrowing an established government
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)
Expedite
(v.) to make easy, cause to progress faster
Wheedle
(v.) to use coaxing or flattery to gain some desired end