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Abjure
to renounce, repudiate, or retract, to give up under oath; to avoid or shun
Abrogate
to abolish by formal or official means; annul by an authoritative act; repeal
Abstemious
sparing or moderate in eating and drinking; temperate in diet

characterized by abstinence
Acumen
keen insight; shrewdness
Antebellum
before or existing before the war
Auspicious
promising success; propitious; opportune; favorable
favored by fortune; prosperous; fortunate
Belie
to show to be false; contradict
to misrepresent
to act unworthily according to the standards of a tradition, one's ancestry, one's faith, etc
Bellicose
inclined or eager to flight, aggressively hostile; belligerent, pugnacious
Bowdlerize
to expurgate (a written work) by removing or modifying passages considered vulgar or objectionable
Chicanery
trickery or deception by quibbling or sophistry

a quibble or subterfuge used to trick, deceive, or evade
chromosome
any of several threadlike bodies, consisting of chromatin, that carry the genes in a linear order
Churlish
Like a churl; boorish; rude
of a churl; peasantlike
Niggardly; mean
Difficult to work or deal with, as soil
Circumlocution
A roundabout or indirect way of speaking, the use of more words than necessary to express an idea
A roundabout expression
Circumnavigate
To sail or fly around; the circuit of by navigation
To go or maneuver around
Deciduous
Shedding the leaves annually, as certain trees and shrubs
Falling off or shed at a particular season, stage of growth
Not permanent; transitory
Deleterious
Injurious to health
Harmful; injurious
Diffident
Lacking confidence in one's own ability, worth, or fitness; timid, shy
Restrained or reserved in manner, conduct, etc.
Enervate
To deprive of force or strength; destroy the vigor of; weaken
Enfranchise
To grant a franchise to; admit to citizenship, esp. to the right of voting
To set free; liberate, as from slavery
Epiphany
An appearance or manifestation, esp. of a deity
A sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience