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Vocab Final

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expedite:
verb. to make easier or quicker; to hasten
forgo
verb. to refrain or abstain from; to go without
incoherent
adj. impossible to explain or understand
incredulous
adj. showing disbelief or doubt; skeptical; disbelieving
plebeian
noun. one of the common people of ancient Rome; a vulgar person; adj. common; vulgar; crude
provocation
noun. something that stirs up anger or excitement
secular
adj. worldly or temporal rather than religious or sacred; not belonging to a religious order
cede
verb. to yield to or give up; to transfer or render title to
debonair
adj. graceful, charming, and smooth; seemingly carefree
intrinsic
adj. belonging to a thing by its essential nature; inherent
precipitate
verb. to cause something to happen; to bring about quickly or suddenly; adj. reckless; rash; acting hastily or impulsively
proficient
adj. advanced in a particular art or science; skilled; expert; qualified
remission
noun. a release from a debt or duty; a lessening of intensity; a diminishing
altercation
noun. an angry argument
assail
verb. to attack violently; to assault; to attack with arguments, words, or questions
brunt
noun. the main shock or force of a blow or attack; the heaviest part of an accusation or attack
phalanx
noun. a formation of massed soldiers; a closely united group
predecessor
noun. a person who precedes another in an office or a position
redress
noun. a correction; a reparation; a relief; verb. to set something right; to remedy
bulwark
noun. a wall of earth used for defense; a person or thing that gives support or protection
coalition
noun. an alliance, usually of nations, political parties, or factions; a temporary union
exodus
noun. a departure, usually of a great number of people
heinous
adj. abominable; grossly wicked and hateful; vile
martyr
noun. one who is persecuted, tortured, or killed for refusing to renounce religious principles; one who sacrifices for the sake of a belief or cause; verb. to torture or put to death for refusing to deny a belief or faith
peripheral
adj. away from the central part; on the edge; only slightly concerned with the important part; unessential
repression
noun. the holding back or subduing; suppression; pushing painful ideas or memories into the subconscious (in psychiatry)
waive
verb. to relinquish, usually a claim, right, or privilege; to defer or delay
allure
noun. charm; verb. to fascinate; to tempt with something desirable
deference
noun. a yielding in judgment, opinion, or wishes to another; courteous respect
demeanor
noun. outward behavior; manner of conduct; bearing
guise
noun. outward appearance; a costume; a style of dress
integral
adj. pertaining to a part of the whole; complete; essential
syndicate
noun. a group of persons or companies united to carry out some enterprise or business; verb. to form such an association
arbitrary
adj. based on some whim
browbeat
verb. to frighten with a stern manner of harsh words; to bully
bureaucracy
noun. the collection of departments of appointed officials through which a government is run; inflexible governmental procedures
contraband
noun. smuggled goods
premeditated
adj. planned or plotted; closely considered beforehand; deliberate
proxy
noun. a person who is given the authority to act or stand in for another; written proof of such authority
scapegoat
noun. a person or thing who takes the blame for the mistakes or crimes of others
transient
adj. lasting or used for a short time only; not permanent; fleeting; noun. a person or thing that has no settled place
augment
verb. to increase; to make greater; to enlarge
diverge
verb. to move or extend in different directions from a common point; to differ in opinion
faction
noun. a group of people within a larger group, usually causing conflict or disagreement; a selfish or quarrelsome group
fjord
noun. a long, narrow inlet of the sea, with steep cliffs rising alongside
inherent
adj. inborn, basic, native
subside
verb. to sink or fall to a lower level; to become less active; to wane
vogue
noun. style; fashion; popularity
abstain
verb. to choose to do without; to refrain from
catharsis
noun. a purging; a purifying by ridding of emotions, especially through the experience of art
credence
noun. belief; acceptance as valid or true
dissipate
verb. to spread in every direction; to scatter; to waste
entity
noun. a being; something with independent existence, either in actuality or in one's mind; a discrete unit
idyll
noun. a short description of peaceful country life; a scene suitable for such a work
omnivorous
adj. eating every kind of food, both animal and vegetable; eagerly taking in everything
prototype
noun. an original model on which subsequent forms are based; a standard example
bestow
(v) to confer or present as a gift or an honor; to apply or dedicate for a purpose
camaraderie
(n) the spirit of goodwill, loyalty, and understanding among friends; good fellowship
correlate
(v) to bring into mutual relation with another thing; (n) one of two related things, especially if one implies the other
elation
(n) high spirits; a feeling of exultation due to relief or triumph
undermine
undermine: (v) to dig from beneath; to wear away and weaken the supports of to weaken or injure, especially by guileful means
accost
(v) to approach someone and speak first
appraisal
(n) an expert valuation; an assessment; an estimate of quality or quantity
mercenary
(adj) desiring money only; greedy; (n) a paid soldier who will fight for any country for money
permeate
(v) to pass through openings or pores; to penetrate; to spread throughout
populace
populace: (n) the masses; the common people; a population
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