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Exemplary
adj- serving as a model, deserving imitation or commendable, or serving as an example
Gentility
n- refinement, politeness, or respectability or members of the upper class
Punctilious
adj- careful, meticulous, or very exact
Veracity
n- habitual honesty or truthfullness, or accuracy, or precision
Idiosyncrasy
n- a personal peculiarity or eccentricity
Drivel
n- silly or foolish talk
Satiate
[v.] to satisfy with more than enough so as to weary or disgust.
Lilt
[v.] to sing, play, or speak with a light and graceful swing or rhythm.
Glib
adj- too ready, fluent, or smooth to be sincere or carefully considered
Supplant
[v.] to take place of or to remove in order to replace with something else.
Pompous
adj- showy, pretentious or overdignified, or acting self-important
Epoch
[n.] a period of time or the starting point of an important period of time.
Lethargy
n- laziness, lack of energy sluggishness or indifference
Extempore
[adj.] offhand, impromptu, without preparation, or on the spur of the moment.
Consummate
adj- perfect, supreme, extreme, or in the highest degree
Regress
[v.] to grow worse, decline or move backward.
Finite
adj- having measurable or definable limits or bounds
Euphony
[n.] sweetness of sounds or combinations of sounds, especially in speech.
Prefatory
[adj.] introductory or preliminary.
Integral
adj- essential to completeness, organically linked or formed as a unit; or complete or lacking nothing essential
Curate
[n.] a clergyman who assists a vicar or rector.
Sundry
adj- various, several, misc.
Immolation
[n.] a sacrificing or being sacrificed, or something sacrificed.
Teem
v- to abound, swarm or be overflowing
Genesis
n- the origin, creation, or beginning of something
Abnegation
[n.] a renunciation or surrender of a right, belief, idea or pleasure.
Belated
[adj.] delayed or too late.
Recant
[v.] to withdraw or renounce publicly a statement or belief one has formerly held.
Obviate
[v.] to make unnecessary or to prevent by effective measures.
Depict
[v.] to represent, portray, or describe.
Cessation
[n.] a stopping, pausing or discontinuance.
Ramification
[n.] an outgrowth, subdivision, consquence or branching out.
Dissertation
[n.] a treatise or a formal and lengthy discussion in writing.
Cauterize
[v.] to burn with a hot iron or with a chemical.
Olfactory
[adj.] relating to the sense of smell.
Despot
[n.] a tyrant or oppressor. or a ruler with absolute power.
Apocalypse
[n.] a writing that claims to reveal the future; or any revelation.
Sedition
[n.] speech or action that causes discontent or rebellion against a government.
Succor
[v.] to aide, help, or relieve.
Barrister
[n.] in England, a lawyer who presents and pleads cases in court.
Convivial
[Adj.] festive, Jovial or sociable.
Tithe
[n.] one tenth of one's income to support a church or clergy; or any small tax.
Sanguine
[Adj.] optimistic, confident, or cheerful.
Sepulcher
[n.] a grave or tomb.
Rectitude
[n.] strict honesty or moral uprightness.
Definitive
[adj.] decisive, final or conclusive; or most nearly complete, accurate, and reliable.
Construe
[v.] to interpret, explain or try to find the meaning of.
Epitome
[n.] A condensed representation of something, or anything regarded as a symbol or image of a quality or type.
Ascertain
[v.] to discover with certainty through examination or experimentation.
Hypochondriac
[n.] a person who worries excessively about his health and imagines that he has various diseases.
Subsist
[v.] to continue to exist, or to remain alive, or to have the necessities of life.
Astringent
[adj.] having the ability to shrink or contract body tissue and blood vessels.
Reactionary
[n.] extreme conservative, or one who fears a movement back to a former or less advanced stage, especially in politics, economics, etc.
Remittance
[n.] the sending of money to another person or place, or the sum of money so sent.
Alacrity
[n.] quick, willingness, briskness or eagerness.
Sagacity
[n.] shrewdness or keenness of judgement, or discernment.
Philanthropy
[n.] the effort or inclination to increase human well-being, as by charitable aid.
Rancor
[n.] deep resentment, ill will, hate or spite.
Rankle
[v.] to trouble the mind with lingering distress,; pain or resentment (i'm talkin' downtown!).
Acrimony
[n.] biting sharpness or bitterness of speech or manner.
Antipathy
[n.] a strong dislike or an aversion.
Tirade
[n.] a long, angry speech with violent language.
Disparage
[v.] to speak slightingly of or disrespectfully of, belittle.
Flout
[v.] to mock or scorn, or to disregard contemptuously.
Sully
[v.] to defile, soil, tarnish; or dirty.
Revile
[v.] to speak abusively or contemptuously of.
Scathing
[adj.] bitterly and fiercely severe.
Predilection
[n.] a preference or favorable predisposition.
Corroborate
[v.] to confirm, support or make more certain.
Emulate
[v.] to attempt to equal or excel.
Extol
[v.] to praise highly.
Auspices
[n.] patronage, sponsorship or protection.
Autocracy/Dictatorship/Authoritarian/tyranny/unitary
gov't in which powe to rule is in hands of one person who is supported by the army or secret police.
Unitary
gov't that gives all power to national gov't
Confederacy
loose union of independent states (all power in state gov'ts)
Democracy
gov't in which the people rule
Federalism
power is divided between national and state gov'ts
Anarchy
political disorder/chaos
Direct Democracy
people govern themselves; each individual votes on issues
Representative Democracy
people elect delegates to make gov't decisions
Bill of Rights
first 10 amendments to the Constitution
checks and balances
a system where each branch of gov't exercises some control over the other two
Separation of powers
the division of power among the three branches of gov't
judicial review
(Established under the case of ___)
the power of the Supreme Court to declare laws and actions of state, federal and local gov'ts unconstitutional (Established under the case of Marbury vs. Madison)
limited gov't
power of gov't is not absolute and the people have the right to petition the gov't for a redress of grievances (get problems fixed)
majority rule with minority rights
people with the most support determine the laws as long as they don't take away the rights of a smaller group.
commander-in-chief
the president's role as head of the military
bicameral congress
a legislative body with two chambers/parts
revenue bill
a law proposed to raise money that can only begin in the House of Representatives
electoral college
the official group of people who vote for president
pocket-veto
when a predient kills a bill simply by refusing to act on it in the last 10 days that Congress is in session.
interest group
a group of people with common gouals who organize to influence gov't
political party
group of individuals with broad common interests who organize to nominate candidates for office, win elections, conduct gov't, and determine public policy
impeach
to accuse a public official of misconduct in office
lobbying
direct contact made by an interest group in order to persuade gov't officials to support the policies their interest group favors
veto
rejection of a bill
expressed powers
powers directly stated in the Constitution
implied powers
powers that the gov't requires to carry out its expressed powers (not directly stated in Constitution)
national convention
meeting of party leaders where candidates for president and vice-president are nominated
suffrage
the right to vote