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aggregation
seperate individuals joined in a group, often for a specific purpose; a mass composed of many parts
aggressive
tending to be combative or forceful; filled with initiative or bold enterprise
degradation
a major reduction in worth, quality, or standing; a deterioration, as of moral character
digress
to wander off the point or topic
egregious
standing out from others, but in a bad way; conspicuously bad; flagrant
gracious
characterized by kindness, courtesy, pleasantness, and charm; merciful and compassionate
gratuity
a gift (generally money) given beyond the usual payment; a tip
gregarious
literally, living in flocks or herds; fond of being with other people
hospice
a place other than a hospital for the terminally ill to reside; a place of shelter for travelers
hostel
an inexpensive place of lodging, as an inn or regional hotel
ingratiate
to (try to) make oneself appear favorable or necessary to another; to bring into the good graces of
inhospitable
not inclined to be kind or friendly; barren and forbidding
adjudicate
to settle or rule upon, as in a court of law
adjunct
a thing, usually of secondary importance, added to something else; added or connected in a subordinate capacity
injudicious
displaying poor judgement; indiscreet; lacking wisdom
conjecture
a prediction, theory, or inference based on guesswork; to form a point of view without proof
conjoined
attached, combined, or united
jettison
to throw something away, usually because it is no longer wanted; the discarding of anything
liberalize
to make or become less provincial or narrow; to broaden the mind
libertarian
a person who believes in equal civil liberties for all; holding to such principles
libertine
a person without ordinary moral or sexual restraints; morally unrestrained
prejudicial
producing prejudice; causing an unfavorable opinion without supporting evidence; detrimental
rejoinder
a quick and clever answer; an appropriate reply, as to a smart question or statement
trajectory
the curved path of an object in flight
allocate
to put aside for a specific purpose, as money or time
circumlocution
using many more words than necessary to make a point; evasiveness
colloquy
a formal conversation or discussion, usually on a serious topic; a conference convened to discuss a specific subject
elucidate
to shed some light on a subject, as through clear explanation
literati
collectively, the educated, or well-lettered, members of society; scholarly people
localism
an expression or manner typical of a specific region
loquacious
too talkative; excessively wordy; fond of one's own voice
luminary
any particularly brilliant, famous, or well-known person; a celebrity
obliterate
to destroy all traces of; to obscure or erase completely
pellucid
presented in such a way that understanding is clear and easy; showing maximum clarity
relocate
to move to a new place, especially a new residence or section of the country
semiliterate
barely able to read and write; able to read but not write; a person or persons with poor language skills
amanuensis
originally, a slave with secretarial duties; one who can take dictation rapidly; an intentionally humorous usage meaning a secretary
commemorate
to honor the memory of something or someone, as in a ceremony or celebration
mandate
an authoritative command or popular charge; to order or command
matriarch
a woman who rules, as in a family or tribe
matriculate
to enroll, as in a college or university-which then becomes one's alma mater ("fostering mother")
matrix
any kind of mold, form, or casting from which things are produced
media
collectively, the various means of communication operating between events and the general population
mediate
to settle differences (between parties), as by compromise, or reaching a middle ground
mediocrity
the condition of being ordinary; a state of moderate or low quality
memorabilia
a collection of all sorts of objects or information, as from the past
memorandum
a short note (intended to jog the memory)
emancipate
to set free from bondage or slavery