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10 terms

Vocabulary Lesson 20

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contraband
n. smuggled goods
politic
adj. wise in looking out for one's own interests; prudent; shrewd
inane
adj. senseless; pointless; stupid
proxy
n. a person who is given the authority to act or stand in for another; written proof of such authority
bureaucracy
n. the collection of departments of appointed officials through which a government is run; inflexible governmental procedures
arbitrary
adj. based on one's own wishes; not fixed by rules; absolute, despotic
transient
adj. lasting or used for a short time only; not permanent; fleeting; n. a person or thing that has no settled place
premeditated
adj. planned or plotted; closely considered beforehand; deliberate
browbeat
v. to frighten with a stern manner of harsh words; to bully
scapegoat
n. a person or thing who takes the blame for the mistakes or crimes of others