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acculturation
(n.) the modification of the social patterns, traits, or structures of one group or society by contact with those of another; the resultant blend

synonym: adaptation
abdominate
(v.) to have an intense dislike or hatred for

synonym: loathe
antonym: cherish
adventitious
(adj.) resulting from chance rather than from an inherent cause or character, accidental, not essential (medicine) acquired, not congenital

synonym: incidental
antonym: intrinsic
ascribe
(v.) to assign or refer to (as a cause or source), attribute

synonym: credit
circuitous
(adj.) roundabout, not direct

synonyms: indirect, meandering, winding
antonyms: straight, direct, as the crow flies
commiserate
(v.) to sympathize with, have pity or sorrow for, share a feeling of distress

synonym: empathize
antonym: feel no sympathy for
enjoin
(v.) to direct or order; to prescribe a course of action in an authoritative way, to prohibit

synonyms: bid, charge, command, adjure
antonyms: allow, permit
expedite
(v.) to make easy, cause to progress faster

synonyms: accelerate, facilitate, speed up
antonyms: hinder, hamper, impede, obstruct
expiate
(v.) to make amends, make up for, to avert

synonyms: redeem, make amends for, atone, make reparation
ferment
(n.) a state of great excitement, agitation, or turbulence. (v.) to be in or work into such a state; to produce alcohol by chemical action

synonyms: (n.) commotion, turmoil, unrest
antonyms: (n.) peace and quiet, tranquility, placidity
inadvertent
(adj.) resulting from or marked by lack of attention; unintentional, accidental

synonyms: accidental, unconsidered
antonyms: deliberate, intentional, premeditated
nominal
(adj.) existing in name only, not real; too small to be considered or taken seriously

synonyms: ling, titular, token, trifling, inconsequention
antonyms: real, actual, exorbitant, excessive
noncommittal
(adj.) not decisive or definite; unwilling to take a clear position or to say yes or no

synonyms: cagey, uninformative, playing it safe, playing it close to the vest
antonyms: positive, definite, committed
peculate
(v.) to steal something that has been given into one's trust; to take improperly for one's own use

synonyms: embezzle, defraud, misappropriate
proclivity
(n.) a natural or habitual inclination or tendency (especially of human character or behavior)

synonyms: natural bent, penchant, propensity
antonyms: inability or incapacity
sangfroid
(n.) composure or coolness, especially in trying circumstances

synonyms: poise, self-assurance, equanimity
antonyms: excitability, hysteria, flappability
seditious
(adj.) resistant to lawful authority; having the purpose of overthrowing an established government

synonyms: mutinous, rebellious, subversive
antonyms: supportive, loyal, faithful, allegiant
tenuous
(adj.) thin, slender, not dense; lacking clarity or sharpness; of slight importance or significance; lacking a sound basis, poorly supported

synonyms: flimsy, insubstantial, vague, hazy
antonyms: strong, solid, substantial, valid
vitriolic
(adj.) bitter, sarcastic; highly caustic or biting (like a strong acid)

synonyms: withering, acebic, mordant
antonyms: bland, saccharine, honeyed, sugary
wheedle
(v.) to use coaxing or flattery to gain some desired end

synonyms: cajole, inveigle, soft-soap, sweet-talk
antonyms: coerce, browbeat, intimidate, strong-arm