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30 terms

Vocab 3-4

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avuncular
adj. Like an uncle.
bigamy
n. Marriage to two mates.
familial
adj. Having to do with the family.
fraternal
adj. Pertaining to brothers; brotherly.
fraternize
v. To be friendly with. To socialize with an enemy population.
matriarchy
n. A society ruled or controlled by women.
matriculate
v. To register as a student
matrix
n. The surroundings within which something begins or develops.
monogamy
n. Marriage to a single mate.
patriarch
n, The head of a family or tribe.
patrimony
n. A family inheritance.
patronage
n. Support; encouragement. Business clientele; customers.
patronize
v. To go to regularly.
patronymic
n. Name derived from a paternal ancestor.
uxorious
adj. Dominated by one's wife.
entity
n. Something that has a real or independent existence.
essence
n. The basic element; the identifying characteristic. A substance in concentrated form obtained from a plant or drug. A perfume.
euthanasia
n. The act of painlessly killing a suffering person or animal; mercy killing.
innate
adj. Possessed at birth; inborn.
moribund
adj. About to die or end.
mortify
v. To shame.
naive
adj. Childlike; unsophisticated. Gullible.
nascent
adj. Emerging; coming into existence.
nonentity
n. Something that does not exist or exists only in the imagination.
orthopedics
n. Branch of medicine treating disorders of the skeletal system and tissues related to movement.
pedagogue
n. A teacher.
pedant
n. A person who pays excessive attention to learning rules rather than to understanding.
postmortem
n. An examination to determine the cause of death by poison. An analysis of something that is over.
puerile
adj. Childish; immature.
renaissance
n. A rebirth; a renewal. A revival of humanism in fourteenth-century to sixteenth-century Europe.