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21 terms

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caucus
a closed meeting of a group of persons belonging to the same political party or faction usually to select candidates or to decide on policy; also : a group of people united to promote an agreed-upon cause
dorsal
relating to or situated near or on the back especially of an animal or of one of its parts
kismet
fate
psephology
the scientific study of elections
cronyism
favoritism shown to friends and associates (as by appointing them to positions without regard for their qualifications)
propriety
correct or appropriate behavior
indolence
laziness
sensationalism
the journalistic use of subject matter that appeals to vulgar tastes
vulgar
conspicuously and tastelessly indecent
nepotism
favoritism (as in appointment to a job) based on kinship
illustrious
notably or brilliantly outstanding because of dignity or achievements or actions : eminent
protean
taking on different forms
providence
divine guidance or care
pungle
to make a payment or contribution of money — usually used with up
boorish
ill-mannered and coarse and contemptible in behavior or appearance
contemptible
worthy only of being despised and rejected
bravura
brilliant and showy technical skill
instigator
someone who deliberately foments trouble
noncomformist
a person who refuses to follow established ideas or ways of doing things
minimalism
an art movement in sculpture and painting that began in the 1950s and emphasized extreme simplification of form and color
reapportion
allocate, distribute, or apportion anew