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Impel
v. To urge to action through moral pressure; drive
Unalienable
adj. Not to be separated, given away, or taken away
Transient
adj. Passing with time; remaining in a place only a brief time
Despotism
n. Rule by or as if by absolute power or authority, tyrannical rule
Usurpation
n. A wrongful seizure or exercise of authority or privilege belonging to another; an encroachment
Evince
To show or demonstrate clearly
Prudence
n. the exercise of good judgment, common sense, and even caution, especially in the conduct of practical matters
Derive
v. To arrive at by reasoning; deduce or infer
Rectitude
n. Moral uprightness; righteousness.
Absolve
v. To pronounce clear of guilt or blame
Magnanimous
adj. Courageously noble in mind and heart
Consanguinity
n. Relationship by blood or by a common ancestor; a close affinity or connection.
Acquiesce
v. To consent or comply passively or without protest
Plunder
v. To seize wrongfully or by force; steal
Latticed
adj. An open framework made of strips of metal, wood, or similar material overlapped or overlaid in a regular, usually crisscross pattern
Obsequious
adj. Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning
Mirth
n. Gladness and gaiety, especially when expressed by laughter
Shrew
n. A woman with a violent, scolding, or nagging temperament; a scold
Pliant
adj. Easily bent or flexed; pliable
Malleable
adj. Capable of being shaped or formed, as by hammering or pressure
Termagant
adj. Shrewish; scolding or quarrelsome
Impunity
n. Exemption from punishment, penalty, or harm
Approbation
n. An expression of warm approval; praise
August
adj. Inspiring awe or admiration; majestic
Personage
n. A person; a character in a literary work
Idleness
n. the trait of being unoccupied out of reluctance to work
Precipice
n. An overhanging or extremely steep mass of rock, such as the face of a cliff
Countenance
n. Appearance, especially the expression of the face
Flagon
n. A large vessel, usually of metal or pottery, with a handle and spout and often a lid, used for holding wine or other liquors
Metamorphose
v. To change into a wholly different form or appearance; transform
Scepter
n. A staff held by a sovereign as an emblem of authority
Harangue
v. To lecture with emotion, to rant or berate
Jargon
n. characteristic language of a particular group
Comely
adj. Pleasing and wholesome in appearance; attractive
Vigil
n. A watch kept during normal sleeping hours; the act or a period of observing; surveillance
Abdicate
(v) to relinquish power formally
Ablution
(n) a washing or cleansing of the body, especially as a part of a religious ceremony
Abscond
(v) to leave quickly and hide oneself, often to avoid capture or prosecution
Acrimonious
(adj) bitter and sharp in language or tone
Assuage
(v) to make something less burdensome or painful
Banal
(adj) predictable and boring
Bequeath
(v) to give by will
Bedlam
(n) a state of extreme confusion and disorder
Bereaved
(adj) suffering the loss of a loved one
Bibliophile
(n) someone who loves books
Blithe
(adj) carefree and lighthearted
Bombastic
(adj) pretentiously lofty in style or language
Capacious
(adj) spacious or roomy
Caprice
(n) an impulsive change of mind
Caustic
(adj) harsh or corrosive in tone
Chastise
(v) to punish or criticize
Confluence
(n) the meeting of two or more streams
Consternation
(n) fear resulting from awareness of danger
Contagion
(n) disease transmitted by direct or indirect contact
Contuse
(v) to bruse
Copious
(adj) large in quantity, abundant
Coquette
(n) a flirt (a woman)
Denizen
(n) an inhabitant, a resident
Deride
(v) to treat with contempt, to ridicule
Archaic
(adj) old, from an earlier time period
Discord
(n) lack of agreement between persons, groups or things
Doleful
(adj) filled with or evoking sadness
Bourne
(n) a small stream (also, archaic term for boundary)
Carpetbagger
(n) A Northerner who went to the South after the Civil War for political or financial advantage.
Scalawag
(n) A white Southerner working for or supporting the federal government during Reconstruction.
Abridge
(v) to cut, (to shorten)
Superfluity
(n) an excess, an overabundance
Abomination
(n) A cause of loathing or disgust
Abrogation
(n) the act of doing away with something
Ameliorate
(v) to improve something or make it better
Avid
(adj) Having a passionate desire or unbounded craving
Blasphemy
(n) Speaking out against the beliefs of the church
Callously
(adv) coldheartedly, insensitively
Concede
(v) yielding or granting to a wish or request
Conciliatory
(adj) appeasing, making or willing to make concessions or compromises
Congeries
(n) a collection or assortment of things
Contentious
(adj) always ready to argue, quarrelsome
Covenant
(n) a promise, a binding agreement, a compact
Daft
(adj) crazy
Deference
(n) yielding to the opinion, wishes, or judgment of another
Diametrically
(adv) on opposite ends, contrary
Effrontery
(n) presumptuous and bold behavior
Presumptuous
(adj) Going beyond what is right or proper; excessively forward
Embodiment
(n) the state of representing in a physical form
Evasive
(adv) avoiding answering a question or accusation
Faction
(n) a dissenting minority
Dissent
(v) to differ in opinion or feeling, to disagree
Gait
(n) a particular way of walking
Gaunt
(adj) thin to the point of looking starved or emaciated
Harlot
(n) middle English for prostitute
Theocracy
(n) A government ruled by or subject to religious authority
Alacrity
n. eagerness, willingness, cheerful readiness
Visage
n. facial expression, appearance
Placid
adj. calm, peaceful
Virago
n. dominating woman