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English Vocab List 2

For Ms. Pickett's quest 12/16/10
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abrogate
v: to abolish by authoritative action
parochial
adj: of or relating to a church parish OR limited (broader)
deferential
adj: showing or expressing deference; submissive to the power of
defamation
n: the act of harming the reputation of another
ameliorate
v: to make more tolerable
inculcation
n: the act of teaching by frequent repetitions / the act of instilling an idea into someone's mind
atomization
n: the act of dividing or fragmenting
congeries
n: a collection of items or parts of a whole; aggregation
slovenly
adj: untidy, esp. in personal appearance / careless / messy
sibilance
n: a quality or sound similar to that of the "s" or "sh" in "sash"
licentious
adj: lacking legal or moral restraints, esp. those of a sexual nature
exaltation
n: the act of raising in rank or power / intense exhilaration
enrapture
v: to fill with delight
guile
n: deceitful cunning
affidavit
n: a sworn statement in writing made especially under oath before an authorized magistrate
partisan
n: a firm adherent to a party or faction / a person that adheres to one's party
deposition
n: a testimony taken down in writing under oath (usually spoken?) / the act of removing someone from power
prodigious
adj: extraordinary in quantity or degree / awe-inspiring / wonderful
contention
n: disagreement / the act of striving against difficulties
providence
n: divine guidance or care / divine intervention