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Abjure
verb--to renounce upon oath
abrogate
verb--to ask, propose a law
abstemious
adj--marked by restraint esp. in the consumption of food or alcohol
acumen
n--keenness and depth of perception, discernment, or discrimination esp. in practical matters
antebellum
adj--existing before a war esp. the American Civil War
auspicious
adj--promising success, favorable
belie
verb--to give a false impression of
bellicose
adj--favoring or inclined to start quarrels or wars; belligerent
bowdlerize
verb--to expurgate by omitting or modifying parts considered vulgar
chicanery
noun--deception by artful subterfuge or sophistry; trickery
chromosome
noun--any of the rod shaped or threadlike DNA-containing structures of cellular organisms that are located in the nucleus of eukaryotes; contain most genes of the organism
churlish
adj--marked by a lack of civility or graciousness
circumlocution
noun--the use of an unnecessarily large number of words to express an idea
circumnavigate
verb--to go completely around (as the earth) esp. by water; to go around instead of through
deciduous
adj--falling off or shed seasonally or at a certain stage of development in the life cycle
deleterious
adj--harmful often in a subtle or unexpected way
diffident
adj--hesitant in acting or speaking through lack of self-confidence
enervate
adj--lacking physical, mental, or moral vigor
enfranchise
verb--to set free(as from slavery); to admit to the privileges of a citizen and esp. to the right of suffrage
epiphany
noun--an appearance or manifestation esp. of a divine being
equinox
noun--either of the two points on the celestial sphere where the celestial equator intersects the ecliptic
euro
noun--wallaroo; any of several large kangaroos of the grassy plains of Australia; the monetary unit of most countries of the European Union
evanescent
adj--tending to vanish like vapor
expurgate
verb--to cleanse of something morally harmful, offensive, or erroneous
facetious
adj--joking or jesting often inappropriately
fatuous
adj--complacently or insanely foolish
feckless
adj--weak, ineffective
fiduciary
adj--of, based on, or in the nature of trust and confidence, as in public affairs; noun--Law. A person to whom property or power is entrusted for the benefit of another
filibuster
noun--the use of extreme dilatory tactics in an attempt to delay or prevent action esp. in a legislative assembly; an irregular military adventurer;
gamete
noun--a mature sexual reproductive cell, as a sperm or egg, that unites with another cell to form a new organism
gauche
adj--lacking social experience or grace; not tactful: crude
gerrymander
verb--to divide (an area) into political units to give special advantages to one group
hegemony
n--the social, cultural, ideological, or economic influence exerted by a dominant group
hemoglobin
noun--the oxygen-carrying pigment of red blood cells that gives them their red color and serves to confey oxygen to the tissues
recapitulate
verb--to review by a brief summary, as at the end of a speech or discussion; summarize
quotidian
adj--recurring daily; commonplace
quasar
noun--an extremely distant, and thus old, celestial object whose power output is several thousand times that of our entire galaxy
precipitous
adj--extremely steep
polymer
noun--a compound of high molecular weight derived either by the addition of many smaller molecules, as polyethylene, or by the condensation of many smaller molecules with the elimination of water, alcohol, or the like, as nylon
plasma
noun--the clear, yellowish fluid portion of blood, lymph, or intramuscular fluid in which cells are suspended
plagiarize
verb--to use and pass off (the ideas or writings of another) as one's own
photosynthesis
noun--the process in green plants and certain other organisms by which carbohydrates are synthesized from carbon dioxide and water using light as an energy source. Most forms of photosynthesis release oxygen as a byproduct
pecuniary
adj--of or pertaining to money
parabola
noun--a plane curve formed by the intersetion of a right cirucular cone and a plane parallel to an element of the cone or by the locus of points quidistant from a fixed line and a fixed point not on the line. x squared
oxidize
verb--to convert (an element) into an oxide; combine with oxygen
orthography
noun--the art of writing words with the proper letters, according to accepted usage; correct spelling
omnipotent
adj--having very great or unlimited authority or power
oligarchy
noun--government by few, especially by a small faction of persons or families
obsequious
adj--obedient; dutiful
ziggurat
noun--a temple tower of the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians, having the form of a terraced pyramid of successively receding stories
yeoman
noun--an attendant, servant, or lesser official in a royal or noble household
xenophobe
noun--a person who fears or hates foreigners, strange customs, etc.
wrought
n--past tense of work; adj-worked into shape by artistry or effort
winnow
v--to separate the chaff from (grain) by means of a current of air; to separate or get rid of an undesirable part; eliminate
vortex
n--a spiral motion of fluid within a limited area, especially a whirling mass of water or air that sucks everything near it toward its center
vehement
adj--characterized by forcefulness of expression or intensity of emotion or conviction; fervid
vacuous
adj--without any contents; empty; lacking intelligence
usurp
v--to seize and hold (a position, office, power, etc.) by force or without legal right
unctuous
adj--characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness
totalitarian
adj--of or pertaining to a centralized govt that doesn't tolerate parties of differing opinion and that exercises control over many aspects of life
thermodynamics
n--the science concerned with the relations between heat and mechanical energy or work, an the conversion of one into the other
tempestuous
adj--tumultuous; turbulent;
tectonic
adj--relating to, causing, or resulting from structural deformation of the earth's crust
taxonomy
n--the classification of organisms in an ordered system that indicates natural relationships
tautology
n--needless repetition of the same sense in different words; redundancy
supercilious
adj--haughtily disdainful or contemptuous, as a person or a facial expression
suffragist
n--an advocate of the extension of political voting rights, especially to women
subjugate
v--to bring under control; to conquer
soliloquy
n--an utterance or discourse by a person who is talking to himself or herself or is disregardful of or oblivious to any hearers present (often used as a device in drama to disclose a character's innermost thoughts)
sanguine
adj--cheerfully optimistic, hopeful, or confident; reddish; ruddy;
respiration
n--the act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing
reparation
n--the making of amends for wrong or injury done
reciprocal
adj-given or felt by each toward the other; mutual
notarize
v--to acknowledge or attest as a notary public
nonsectarian
adj--not affiliated with or restricted to a particular religious group
nomenclature
n--name,designation; the act or process or an instance of naming
nihilism
n--a viewpoint that traditional values and beliefs are unfounded and that existence is senseless and useless;
nanotechnology
n--the art of manipulating materials on an atomic or molecular scale esp. to build microscopic devices
moiety
n-- one of two equal parts: half
mitosis
n--the process that takes place in the nucleus of a dividing cell, involves typically a series of steps consisting of prophase, metaphase, anaphase, and telophase, and results in the formation of two new nuclei each having the same number of chromosomes as the parent nucleus
metamorphosis
n--a change of physical form, sturcture, or substance esp. by supernatural means
lugubrious
adj--mournful; exaggeratedly or affectedly mournful
loquacious
adj-full of excessive talk; wordy
lexicon
n--a book containing an alphabetical arrangement of the words in a language and their definitions; the vocab of a language
laissez faire
n--a doctrine opposing governmental interference in economic affiars beyond the minimum necessary for the maintenance of peace and property rights
kowtow
verb--to kneel and touch the forehead to the ground in tolken of homage, worship, or deep respect
kinetic
adj--of or relating to the motion of material bodies and the forces and entergy associated therewith
jejune
adj--lacking nutritive value; devoid of significance or interest; dull; juvenile;
irony
n--the use of words to express something other than and esp. the opposite of the literal meaning
interpolate
v--to alter or corrupt (as a text) by inserting new or foreign matter
infrastructure
n--the underlying foundation or basic framework (as of a system or organization)
inculcate
verb--to teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions
incontrovertible
adj--not open to discussion; indisputable
incognito
adj--with one's identity concealed; disguise
impeach
v--to bring an accusation against
hypotenuse
n--the opposite side of the right angle in a right triangle
hubris
n--exaggerated pride or self-confidence
homogeneous
adj--of the same or a similar kind or nature
paradigm
n--example, pattern; an outstandingly clear or typical example or archetype
parameter
n--an arbitrary constant whose value characterizes a member of a system; a quantity that describes a statistical population