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abjure
to renounce; to repudiate
abrogate
to abolish; to annul
acumen
quickness/ keanness of judgement
antebellum
a period "before the war"
auspicious
attend by favorable circumstances; propitious (to your advantage)
belie
to give false representation; misrepresent
bellicose
beligerant; aggressive
chicanery
deception by trickery/ sophistry
churlish
rude, clumsy, vulgar (boorish)
deleterious
having a harmful effect or negative impact
diffident
marked by a lack of self confidence
epiphany
revalatory manifestation; sudden understanding of the meaning of an idea (aha!)
evanescent
vanishing or likely to disappear or vanish
facetious
playful; jocular
fatuous
foolish; silly
feckless
lacking purpose or vitality
fiduciary
of or relating to holding something in trust of another
gauche
lacking social polish grace
hegemony
the predominant influence of a state, region, or group over others
hubris
overbearing pride or presumnption
ingognito
to be in a situation where one's identity is disguised or concealed
incontrovertible
impossible to dispute; unquestionable
inculcate
to impress an idea upon the mind of another by frequent instruction or repetition; to instill
infrastructure
the basic facilities, services, and installations needed for a functioning community
INTERPOLATE
to insert or introduce something between other elements or parts
jejune
not interesting, dull, boring
kowtow
express deep respect, worship
lugubrious
mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree
moiety
a half; part, portion, or share
nihilism
philosophy that holds that all values are baseless and that nothing can be known or communicated (extreme pessimism that condemns existance)
nomenclature
a system or procedure of assigning names in art or science
nonsectarian
not limited to or associated with a particular religion
notarize
to certify or attest to (notary republic)
obsequious
fawning; attending to the needs of others like a slave
omnipotent
having unlimited or universal power, authority, or force; all-powerful
orthography
the art or study of correct spelling according to established usage
paradigm
a pattern or model; a set of concepts, assumptions, values or practices that give the standard for viewing reality
parameter
a factor that determines a range of variation
pecuniary
of relating to money
plagiarize
to use and pass off the ideas or writings of another as one's own
precipitous
extremely steep
quotidian
commonplace or ordinary
recapitulate
to repeat in a concise form
reciprocal
existing, done, or experienced on both sides
reparation
the act or process of making amends for a wrong; compensation; atonement
sanguine
cheerfully confident; optimistic or having a ruddy red complexion
soliloquy
a dramatic or literary form of speech in which a character talks to himself to reveal thoughts
subjugate
to bring under control; to conquer
suffragist
an advocate for the extension of political voting rights; especially to women
supercilious
feeling or showing haughty disdain
toutology
the needless repetition of the same sense in different words; redundancy
taxonomy
the classification of organisms in an ordered system that indicates natural relationships; the division of ordered groups
tectonic
of or relating to the forces involved with forming geological features
tempestuous
of or relating to a violent windstorm usually accompanied by rain, hail, snow; a situation of violent emotions; tumultuous
totalitarian
relating to a form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and central control over all aspects of life
unctuous
showing exaggerated or insincere emotion; like an oil or ointment
usurp
to seize and hold by force and without legal authority; to take over
usury
the practice of lending money and charging interest (usually at a very high or illegal rate)
vacuous
lacking intelligence; stupid; with no substance or meaning; insane
vehement
forceful or intense in expression; fervid
winnow
to examine closely in order to separate the good from the bad; sift; sort
xenophobe
afraid of foreign people
yeoman
an assistant or subordinate; a dependable worker
ziggerat
a temple tower