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vocab unit 3 definitions

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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 am authoritative way; to prohibit.
Expedite
v. To make easy, cause to progress faster.
Expiate
v. To make amends, make up for, to avert.
Ferment
n. A state of great excitement, agitation, or turbulence. v. To be in 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 the government
Tenuous
adj. Thin, slender, not dense,; lacking clarity or sharpness; of slight importance or significance; lacking a good sound basis, poorly supported.
Vitriolic
adj. bitter, sarcastic; highly caustic or biting (like a strong acid).
Wheedle
v. use coaxing or flattery to gain some desired end.