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20 terms

unit 3 vocab

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expiate
to make amends, atone, make up for, to ward off or avert
expedite
to make easy. cause to progress faster
abominate
to have an intense dislike or hatred
ascribe
(v.) to assign or refer to (as a cause or source), attribute
adventitious
(adj.) resulting from chance rather than from an inherent cause or character; accidental, not essential; (medicine) acquired, not congenital
enjoin
to direct or order; to prescribe a course of action in an authoritative way; to prohibit
commiserate
(v.) to sympathize with, have pity or sorrow for, share a feeling of distress
acculturation
the modification of the social patterns, traits, or structures of one group or society by contact with those of another; the resultant blend
circuitious
(adj.) roundabout, not direct
ferment
be in an agitated or excited state
vitriolic
bitter, sarcastic, highly vaustic or biting
wheedle
to use coazing or flattery to gain some desired end
peculate
to steal something that has beeen given into ones trust
proclivity
a natural or habitual inclination or tendency (especially of human character or behavior)
nominal
existing in name only, not real; too small to be considered or taken seriously
seditious
resistant to lawful authority; having the purpose of overthrowing an established government
tenuous
thin, slender, not dense; lacking clarity or sharpness; of slight importance or significance; lacking a sound basis, poorly supported
noncommittal
not decisive or definite; unwilling to take a clear position or to say yes or no
sangfroid
(n.) composure or coolness, especially in trying circumstances
inadvertent
resulting from or marked by lack of attention; unintentional, accidental