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lesson 6 vocab

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abide
used to say that someone dislikes someone or something very much because they are annoying; to live somewhere
battlement
a low wall around the top of a castle, that has spaces to show guns or arrows through
caricature
a description of someone or something that emphasizes only some qualities, so that he, she, or it seems silly.
defraud
to trick a person or organization in order to get money from them
embellish
to make a story or statement more interesting by adding details that are not true.
facility
a natural ability to do or learn something easily and well
gauntlet
to invite someone to fight or compete over a disagreement; to go through a long and difficult experience, especially one in which a group of difficult or dangerous people are trying to approach you
havoc
a situation in which there is a lot of confusion or damage
immune
not affected by something that happens or is done, especially not affected by criticism
kibitzer
a person who makes unhelpful remarks while someone is doing something
liability
legal responsibility for something, especially for paying money that is owed, or for damage or injury
manipulate
to make someone do what you want by deceiving or influencing them
nemesis
an opponent or enemy that is very difficult for you to defeat
omnipotent
able to do everything
paroxysm
a sudden expression of strong feeling that you cannot control
aberrations
an action or event that is different from what usually happens or what someone usually does
amenable
willing to listen or to do something; able to be changed or used in a particular way
appalling
so bad or immoral that you are shocked
assuage
to make a bad feeling less painful or severe
autarky
an economic system in which country produces all the things it needs, as opposed to buying them from another country
cognizance
to understand something and consider it when you do something or make a decision
continuity
the state of continuing over a long period of time, without being interrupted or changing
counterpoised
a weight that balances another weight; a force or influence that makes an opposing force ineffective or less effective
credo
a short formal statement of the beliefs of a particular person, group, religion, etc.
diffuse
to spread something over a larger area or to more people, often so that it becomes less strong
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