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Collusion
secret or illegal cooperation or conspiracy, esp. in order to cheat or deceive others
Dither
to be indecisive
Calibrate
to correlate the readings of an instrument with those of a standard to check an instrument’s accuracy
Malfeasance
wrongdoing, esp. by a public official
Rueful
expressing sorrow or regret, esp. when in a slightly humorous way
Circumscribe
to restrict something within limits
Volte-Face
an abrupt and complete reversal of attitude, opinion , or position
Irenic
aiming or aimed at peace
Epoch
a period of time in history or a person’s life, typically one marked by notable events or particular characteristics
Adroit
clever or skillful in using the hands or the mind
Antithetical
incompatible; opposite
Bulwark
a person, institution, or principle that acts as a defense
Vindicate
clear someone of blame or suspicion; show or prove to be right, reasonable, or justified
Rubicon
a bounding or limiting line; especially : one that when crossed commits a person irrevocably
Spurn
to tread sharply or heavily upon : TRAMPLE; to reject with disdain or contempt : SCORN
Proxy
the agency, function, or office of a deputy who acts as a substitute for another
Acquiesce
to accept, comply, or submit tacitly or passively
Fledgling
one that is new
Stymie
to present an obstacle to : stand in the way of
Pronunciamento
Proclamation, pronouncement
Bravura
a show of daring or brilliance
Mawkish
having an insipid often unpleasant taste; sickly or puerilely sentimental
Squib
a short and witty or sarcastic saying or writing
Prophetic
Of, belonging to, or characteristic of a prophet or prophecy
Cuckold
A man married to an unfaithful wife.
Aver
to assert or affirm with confidence as a fact
Grisly
causing a shudder or feeling of horror; horrible; gruesome
Piecemeal
piece by piece; one piece at a time; gradually
Ancillary
subordinate; subsidiary
Gambit
any maneuver by which one seeks to gain an advantage; a remark made to open or redirect a conversation
Parley
A discussion or conference, especially one between enemies over terms of truce or other matters
Machiavellian
political expediency is placed above morality and the use of craft and deceit to maintain the authority and carry out the policies of a ruler is described.
Collateral
security pledged for the payment of a loan; a subordinate or accessory part; situated or running side by side; parallel
Intelligentsia
intellectuals considered as a group or class, esp. as a cultural, social, or political elite
Actuate
to incite or move to action; impel; motivate
Consortium
a combination of financial institutions, capitalists, etc., for carrying into effect some financial operation requiring large resources of capital; any association, partnership, or union
Axiom
a self-evident truth that requires no proof
Harebrained
foolish; reckless
Geopolitics
The study of the relationship among politics and geography, demography, and economics, especially with respect to the foreign policy of a nation
Primordial
constituting a beginning; giving origin to something derived or developed; original; elementary
Acute
sharp or severe in effect; intense
Vulgarized
to make vulgar or coarse; lower; debase
Supplant
To usurp the place of, especially through intrigue or underhanded tactics
Penchant
a strong inclination, taste, or liking for something
Insouciant
lack of care or concern; indifference
Reel
To be thrown off balance or fall back
Nadir
the lowest point; point of greatest adversity or despair
Realpolitik
Governmental policies based on hard, practical considerations rather than on moral or idealistic concerns
Devious
Not straightforward; shifty
Cosignatory
signing jointly with another or others
Disenchantment
To free from illusion or false belief; undeceive
Indoctrinate
To instruct in a body of doctrine or principles
Nihilism
total rejection of established laws and institutions
Gratuitous
given, done, bestowed, or obtained without charge or payment; free; voluntary; being without apparent reason, cause, or justification
Interdiction
authoritative prohibition
Hydra
a persistent or many-sided problem that presents new obstacles as soon as one aspect is solved
In flagrante
at the exact moment (of doing something)
Schism
division or disunion, esp. into mutually opposed parties
Duress
compulsion by threat or force; coercion; constraint
Elicit
to draw or bring out or forth; educe; evoke
Reel
To be thrown off balance or fall back
Nadir
the lowest point; point of greatest adversity or despair
Realpolitik
Governmental policies based on hard, practical considerations rather than on moral or idealistic concerns
Devious
Not straightforward; shifty
Cosignatory
signing jointly with another or others
Disenchantment
To free from illusion or false belief; undeceive
Indoctrinate
To instruct in a body of doctrine or principles
Nihilism
total rejection of established laws and institutions
Gratuitous
given, done, bestowed, or obtained without charge or payment; free; voluntary; being without apparent reason, cause, or justification
Interdiction
authoritative prohibition
Hydra
a persistent or many-sided problem that presents new obstacles as soon as one aspect is solved
In flagrante
at the exact moment (of doing something)
Schism
division or disunion, esp. into mutually opposed parties
Duress
compulsion by threat or force; coercion; constraint
Elicit
to draw or bring out or forth; educe; evoke
Billet
To lodge (soldiers)
Dichotomy
Division into two usually contradictory parts or opinions
Venal
willing to sell one's influence, esp. in return for a bribe; open to bribery; mercenary
Obeisance
A gesture or movement of the body, such as a curtsy, that expresses deference or homage
Arrear
An unpaid, overdue debt or an unfulfilled obligation
Per Se
by, of, for, or in itself; intrinsically
Desultory
lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected
Marginalize
to place in a position of marginal importance, influence, or power
Aegis
protection; support; sponsorship; auspices
Corollary
A natural consequence or effect; a result
Neologism
A new word, expression, or usage
Nem Con
of one mind; without dissent
Harrowing
extremely disturbing or distressing; grievous
August
Inspiring awe or admiration; majestic
Untrammeled
Not limited or restricted; unrestrained
Whet
To sharpen (a knife, for example); To make more keen; stimulate
Kinetic
characterized by movement
Serried
pressed together or compacted, as soldiers in rows
Gizmo
A mechanical device or part whose name is forgotten or unknown; a gadget
Benighted
intellectually or morally ignorant; unenlightened; overtaken by darkness or night
Perdition
a state of final spiritual ruin; loss of the soul; damnation
Febrile
pertaining to or marked by fever; feverish
Extradite
to give up (an alleged fugitive or criminal) to another state, nation, or authority
Harbor
To give shelter to
Anodyne
Capable of soothing or eliminating pain
Contravention
an act of contravening; action counter to something; violation or opposition
Opprobrium
Disgrace arising from exceedingly shameful conduct; ignominy
Petulant
moved to or showing sudden, impatient irritation, esp. over some trifling annoyance
Elision
The act or an instance of omitting something
Absolution
a freeing from blame or guilt; release from consequences, obligations, or penalties
Congenial
agreeable, suitable, or pleasing in nature or character
Prescience
knowledge of things before they exist or happen; foreknowledge; foresight
Blandishments
something, as an action or speech, that tends to flatter, coax, entice, etc
Concomitant
existing or occurring with something else, often in a lesser way; accompanying; concurrent
Chimera
a horrible or unreal creature of the imagination; a vain or idle fancy
Tutelage
The capacity or activity of a guardian; guardianship
Ineluctable
incapable of being evaded; inescapable
Maritime
Of, relating to, or adjacent to the sea
Crucible
A severe test, as of patience or belief; a trial
Autarky
the condition of self-sufficiency, esp. economic, as applied to a nation
Cohort
a group or company; companion or associate
Mimesis
the imitative representation of nature and human behavior in art and literature
Inimical
Injurious or harmful in effect; adverse
Conundrum
A paradoxical, insoluble, or difficult problem; a dilemma
Deleterious
injurious to health
Propitious
presenting favorable conditions; favorable
Prevarication
a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth; lie
Poignant
Profoundly moving; touching; Piercing; incisive
Plebiscite
A direct vote in which the entire electorate is invited to accept or refuse a proposal
Disparage
To speak of in a slighting or disrespectful way; belittle
Restive
impatient of control, restraint, or delay, as persons; restless; uneasy
Putative
commonly regarded as such; reputed; supposed
Vaunt
To speak boastfully of; brag about
Wily
crafty; cunning
Dyspeptic
gloomy, pessimistic, and irritable
Sallow
Of a sickly yellowish hue or complexion
Ruminate
to meditate or muse; ponder
Manse
the dwelling of a landholder; mansion
Vitiate
To reduce the value or impair the quality of
Uncanny
Peculiarly unsettling, as if of supernatural origin or nature; eerie
Khedive
the title of the Turkish viceroys in Egypt from 1867 to 1914
Imbroglio
an intricate and perplexing state of affairs; a complicated or difficult situation
Larceny
the act of taking something from someone unlawfully; theft
Emption
The act of buying
Insatiable
incapable of being satisfied or appeased
Suzerain
a sovereign or a state exercising political control over a dependent state
Beneficent
doing good or causing good to be done; conferring benefits
Mohamedan
Of or pertaining to Mohammed, or the religion and institutions founded by Mohammed
Protestation
A strong or formal expression of dissent
Vagary
an unpredictable or erratic action, occurrence, course, or instance
Internecine
Of or relating to struggle within a nation, organization, or group; ruinous or fatal to both sides
Polemic
controversial
Parity
Equality, as in amount, status, or value
Chagrin
A keen feeling of mental unease, as of annoyance or embarrassment, caused by failure, disappointment, or a disconcerting event
Purview
The extent or range of function, power, or competence; scope
Prima Facie
at first appearance; at first view, before investigation
Sine Qua Non
an indispensable condition, element, or factor; something essential
Emasculate
To deprive of strength or vigor; weaken
Circumlocution
The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language (talking in circles)
Purgatory
any condition or place of temporary punishment, suffering, expiation, or the like
Dictum
An authoritative, often formal pronouncement
Unscrupulous
oblivious to or contemptuous of what is right or honorable
Demagogue
A leader who obtains power by means of impassioned appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace
Abstention
an act or instance of abstaining
A La Carte
with a separate price for each dish offered on the menu
Vanguard
the forefront in any movement, field, activity, or the like
Amorphous
lacking definite form; having no specific shape; formless
Coterminous
having the same border or covering the same area
Vassal
A subordinate or dependent
Malthusian
idea that population tends to increasefaster than food supply, with inevitably disastrous results, unless the increase in population is checked by moral restraints or by war, famine, and disease
Amicable
characterized by or showing goodwill; friendly; peaceable
Quiescent
being at rest; quiet; still; inactive or motionless
Cheeseparing
giving or spending with reluctance; penny-pinching
Farcical
resembling farce; ludicrous; absurd
Dilapidated
To bring or fall into a state of partial ruin, decay, or disrepair
Non Sequitur
An inference or conclusion that does not follow from the premises or evidence
Bugaboo
something that causes fear or worry
Sinecure
A position or office that requires little or no work but provides a salary
Cacophony
discordant loud noises
Pentarchy
a government by five persons
Venusian
inhabitant of venus
Apposite
Strikingly appropriate and relevant
Succinct
expressed in few words; concise; terse
Visceral
profound; characterized by or proceeding from instinct rather than intellect
Perfidy
Deliberate breach of faith; calculated violation of trust; treachery