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abjure
to recant; renounce; foreswear
abrogate
to abolish
abstemious
eating or drinking in moderation
acumen
quickness of judgement or insight
antebellum
belonging to period before Civil War
auspicious
favorable circumstances; prosperous
belie
misrepresent; contradict
bellicose
warlike in manner or temperament
bowdlerize
to remove material that is considered offensive from
chicanery
deception by trickery
chromosome
threadlike strand of DNA and associated proteins in the nucleus of eukaryotic cells that carries the genes and transmits hereditary information
churlish
vulgar; having a bad disposition
circumlocution
use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language; roundabout expression
circumnavigate
to proceed completely around
deciduous
losing foliage at the end of the growing season; not lasting
deleterious
having a harmful effect
diffident
lacking self-confidence
enervate
to weaken the strength of
enfranchise
to endow with the rights of citizenship; to free from slavery
epiphany
Christian feast celebrating manifestation of Jesus; sudden manifestation of the meaning of something
equinox
either of the two times during a year when the sun crosses the celestial equator and when the length of the day and night are approximately the same
Euro
basic unit of currency among members of the European Monetary Union
evanescent
vanishing
expurgate
to remove vulgar or obscene material from
facetious
playfully jocular; humorous
fatuous
foolish or silly
feckless
lacking purpose; careless and irresponsible
fiduciary
relating to a holding of something in trust for another
filibuster
use of obstructionist tactics; adventurer who engages in a private military action in a foreign country
gamete
reproductive cell having the haploid number of chromosomes
gauche
lacking grace or social polish; awkward
gerrymander
to divide into voting districts so as to give unfair advantage to one party in elections
hegemony
predominant influence of a state, region, or group
hemoglobin
iron-containing pigment in red blood cells of vertebrates that carries oxygen from the lungs to the tissues of the body and carries carbon dioxide from the tissues to the lungs
homogeneous
uniform in structure; similar in nature or kind
hubris
overbearing pride; arrogance
hypotenuse
side of a right triangle opposite the right angle
impeach
to make an accusation against; challenge the validity of
incognito
with one's identity disguised or concealed
incontrovertible
impossible to dispute; unquestionable
inculcate
instill; to teach by frequent repetition
infrastructure
basic system or underlying structure of an organization
interpolate
insert or introduce between other elements; to make additions
irony
use of words to express something different from and and often opposite to their literal meaning
jejune
not interesting; childish; lacking in nutrition
kinetic
relating to motion
kowtow
kneel and touch the forehead to the ground in expression of respect
laissez faire
economic doctrine that opposes governmental regulation of commerce beyond the minimum necessary for a free-enterprise system to operate according to its own economic laws
Lexicon
dictionary
loquacious
very talkative