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30 terms

Vocab E 7 and 8

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acquisitive
Eagerly seeking to obtain things, wealth, or info
inquisition
A prolonged inquiry or questioning, especially a harsh investigation on religions or political issues
querulous
Complaining, irritable, peevish
dynamo
electric generator, or extremely forceful/energetic, hardworking
dynasty
A succession of rulers from the same family group or line
demise
death, or the end of existence or operation of something
emissary
a person sent on a special mission
premise
a proposition offered as a basis for argument
meretricious
Attention-getting in a vulgar way, tawdry or tacky, OR insincere
meritorious
praiseworthy, deserving reward or esteem
importune
to make repeated and insistent demand or request
opportunist
a person taking advantage of any chance to achieve an end in a forceful or self-serving way
presumption
arrogance, unbecoming boldness OR grounds for belief
subsume
to place in a larger category or under a general heading
sumptuary
pertaining to or regulating expenditure often for religious or moral reason, usually relating to clothing or food
acerbic
sour or bitter in taste OR harsh or sharp in speech, manner or temper
acrid
bitterly pungent or harsh in taste or smell; sharply stinging
exacerbate
to increase the severity of something, to intensify irritation or violence
acrimony
bitter, sharp animosity, especially in behavior or speech
acumen
keenness of insight and discernment, sagacity
acute
very discerning, quickly alert to impressions OR severe, intense
peremptory
urgently commanding, officious or arrogantly dictatorial OR not allowing contradiction or further disagreement
preempt
to take precedence over someone or something arranged or in place, to seize priority
redemption
deliverance from sin, atonement for guilt OR retrieval, reclamation, reformation
technocracy
government or social systems that put technological theories into practice
plutocrat
a member of a governing wealthy class or a person whose wealth grants political influence
pecuniary
relating to money or necessary payment of
impercunious
lacking money, penniless
comportment
behavior, demeanor, mode of bearing or movement
purport
to claim, to profess, to appear to be