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22 terms

Unit 5 Vocabulary

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autonomy
self-government, political control
precept
a rule of conduct or action
equitable
fair, just, embodying principles of justice
transient
lasting only a short time, fleeting; one who stays only a short time
unwieldy
not easily carried, handled, or managed because of size or complexity
blazon
to adorn or embellish; to prevent misunderstanding or discourage behavior
extricate
to free from entanglements or difficulties; remove with effort
soporific
tending to cause sleep, relating to sleepiness or lethargy; something that induces sleep
amnesty
a general pardon for an offense against a government; in general, any act of forgiveness
scathing
bitterly severe, withering; causing great harm
filch
to steal, esp. sneakily and in petty amounts
sepulchral
funereal, typical of the tomb; extremely gloomy or dismal
axiomatic
self-evident, expressing a universally accepted principle or rule
fractious
tending to be troublesome; unruly, quarrelsome, contrary; unpredictable
vapid
dull, uninteresting, tiresome; lacking in sharpness, flavor, liveliness, or force
prognosticate
to predict, esp. on the basis of present indications or signs, foretoken
salutary
beneficial, helpful; healthy, wholesome
caveat
a warning or caution to prevent misunderstanding or discourage behavior
addendum
an addition or supplement designed to increase correctness, completeness, or currency
scourge
to whip, punish severely; a cause of affliction or suffering; source of severe criticism
flout
to mock, treat with contempt
straitlaced
extremely strict in regard to moral standards and conduct; prudish, puritanical