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aegis
protectioin; patronage; sponsorship

syn: auspices
apprise
to inform of; to make aware of by giving oral or written notice

syn: acquaint, notify
ant: keep secret, withold information
bibulous
fond of or inclined to drink; absorbent

syn: inebrious, alcohoic
ant: teetotaling, abstemious, temperate
claque
a group of people hired to applaud a performer or performance; enthusiastic or fawning admirers; an opera hat

syn: fan club, flatterers, hangers-on
deracinate
to pull up by the roots; to root out, uproot, or dislocate; to eliminate all traces of

syn: extirpate, eradicate, expunge
ant: implant, nurture, foster, instill
eleemosynary
charitable; dependent upon or supported by charity; derived from or provied by charity

syn: philanthropic, beneficent
ant: selfish, self-seeking, uncharitable
indigenous
originating in the country or region where found, native; inborn, inherent

syn: endemic, domestic, homegrown
ant: foreign, alien, exoteric, imported
lachrymose
give to tears or weeping; causing to shed tears; mournful, lugubrious

syn: tearful, doleful, dolorous
ant: dry-eyed, cheerful, merry, hilarious
lexicon
a dictionary of a language; the special vocabulary of a person, group, or subject; a compendium

syn: wordbook, glossary
melee
a confused struggle; a violent free-for-all; a tumultuous mingling

syn: fracas, brawl, scuffle, donnybrook
ant: friendly chat, peace and quiet
microcosm
a miniature world or universe; a group or system viewed as the model of a larger group or system

syn: epitome, world in little
ant: universe, macrocosm, cosmos, totality
minuscule
very small; tiny; a lowercase letter

syn: infinitesimal, insignificant
ant: huge, massive, monumental
obfuscate
to darken or obscure; to confuse or bewilder

syn: muddy the waters
ant: clarify, elucidate, explicate
paternalism
the policy or practice or treating or governing people in the manner of a father dealing with his children

syn: benevolence, solicitude, fatherliness
polarize
to cause to concentrate around two conflicting or contrasting positions; to cause light to vibrate in a pattern

syn: split, divide, alienate, estrange
ant: unite, unify, reconcile
purview
the range, extent, or scope of something; in law, the scope or limit of what is provided in a statute

syn: jurisdiction, orbit
sanguine
having a ruddy complexion; of a naturally cheerful, confident, or optimistic outlook

syn: flushed, rosy
ant: bloodless, ashen, pessimistic, gloomy
solecism
a substandard or ungrammatical usage; a breach of etiquette; any impropriety or mistake

syn: misusage, blunder, faux pas
ant: correct usage
vassal
a person under the protection of a feudal lord to whom he or she owns allegiance; a subordinate or dependent; a servant; subservient

syn: menial, minion; servile
ant: overlord
verisimilitude
the quality or appearing to be true, real, likely, or probable

syn: realism, lifelikeness, authenticity