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abjure
v- to recant solemnly; renounce or repudiate
abrogate
v- to abolish, do away with, or annul especially by authority
abstemious
adj- eating and drinking in moderation
acumen
n- quickness or keenness of judgement or insight
antebellum
adj- belonging the the period before a war, especially the American Civil War
auspicious
adj- attended by favorable circumstances; marked by success; prosperous
belie
v- to give a false representation to; misrepresent; to show to be false; contradict
bellicose
adj- warlike or hostile in manner or temperament
churlish
adj- of, like, or befitting a churl; boorish or vulgar; having a bad disposition
circumlocution
n- the use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language; evasiveness in speech or writing; a roundabout expression
circumnavigate
v- to proceed completely around; to go around
deleterious
adj- having a harmful effect; injurious
enervate
v- to weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of
enfranchise
v- to endow with the rights of citizenship, especially the right to vote; to free, as from slavery or bondage
expurgate
v- to remove erroneous, vulgar, obscene, or otherwise objectionable material from something before publication
facetious
adj- playfully jocular; humorous
fatuous
adj- foolish or silly, especially in a smug or self-satisfied way
hegemony/hegemonies
n- the predominant influence of a state, region, or group over others
homogenous
adj- uniform in structure or composition; of the same or similar nature or kind
hubris
n- overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance
incontrovertible
adj- impossible to dispute; unquestionable
inoculate
v- to teach by frequent instruction or repetition; indoctrinate
infrastructure
n- the basic facilities, services, and installations needed for the functioning of a community or society, such as transportation and communication systems, water and power lines, and public institutions; the basic system or underlying structure of an organization
loquacious
adj- very talkative
lugubrious
adj- mournful dismal or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree
obseqious
adj- full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning
oligarchy
n- government by a few, especially by a small faction of persons or families
paradigm
n- one that serves as a pattern or model; a set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality for the community that shares them, especially in an intellectual discipline
pecuniary
adj- of or relating to money
recapitulate
v- to repeat in concise form
reciprocal
adj- existing, done, or experienced on both sides; done, given, felt, or owed in return; interchangeable, complementary
reparation
n- the act or process of amends for a wrong; something done or money paid to compensate or make amends for a wrong; the act or process of repairing or the condition of being repaired
sanguine
adj- cheerfully confident; optimistic; red
subjugate
v- to bring under control; to make subservient or submissive
suffragist
n- an advocate of the extension of political voting rights, especially to women
tempestuous
adj- characterized by violent emotions or actions; tumultuous; stormy
unctuous
adj- characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness
usurp
v- to seize and hold by force and without legal authority; to take over or occupy without right
vacuous
adj- lacking intelligence; stupid; devoid of substance or meaning
vehement
adj- forceful or intense in expression, emotions, or conviction
commemorate
v- to honor the memory of, especially with ceremony
deign
v- to be willing to do something that one considers beneath one's dignity; condescend
eclectic
adj- choosing or taking what appears to be the best from various sources
formidable
adj- arousing fear, dread, alarm, or great concern; difficult to surmount, defeat, or undertake
guerrilla
n- a member of a military force that is not part of a regular army
hypocrisy
n- the practice of showing or expressing feelings, beliefs, or virtues that one does not actually hold or possess
impertinent
adj- offensively bold; rude
inference
n- the act or process of deciding or concluding by reasoning from evidence
introspection
n- the examination of one's own thoughts and feelings
quandary
n- a condition of uncertainty or doubt; a dilemma
sacrifice
n- the act of giving up something highly valued for the sake of something else considered to be of greater value
vacillate
v- to be unable to decide between one opinion or course of action and another; waver