Vocab Unit 3

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Vocab Unit 3
2011-01-12 17:17:33

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  1. Expiate
    (v) to make ammends, atone, make up for, to ward off or avert
  2. Ascribe
    (v) to make easy, cause to progress faster
  3. Abominate
    (v) to have an intense dislike or hatred for
  4. Expedite
    (v) to assign or refer to (as a cause or source)
  5. Adventitious
    (adj) resulting from chance rather than from an inherent cause or character; accidental, not essential
  6. Enjoin
    (v) to direct or order; to prescribe a course of action in an authorative way; to prohibit
  7. Commiserate
    (v) to sympathize with, have pity or sorrow for, share a feeling of distress
  8. Acculturation
    (n) the modification of the social patterns, traits, or structures of one group by contact with those of another
  9. Circuitous
    (adj) roundabout, not direct
  10. Ferment
    (n) a state of great excitement, agitation, or turbulance. (v) to be in or work into such a state; to produce alcohol by chemical action
  11. Vitriolic
    (adj) bitter, sarcastic, highly caustic or biting
  12. Wheedle
    (v) to use coaxing or flattery to gain some desired end
  13. Peculate
    (v) to steal something that has been given into one's trust, to make improperly for one's own use
  14. Proclivity
    (n) a natural or habitual inclination or tendency
  15. Nominal
    (adj) existing in name only, not real, too small to be taken seriously
  16. Seditious
    (adj) resistant to lawful authority; having purpose of overthrowing the government
  17. Inadvertent
    (adj) thin, slender, not dense, lacking clarity or sharpness, poorly supported
  18. Noncommittal
    (adj) not decisive or definite; unwilling to take a clear position to say yes or no
  19. Sangfroid
    (n) composure or coolness, especially in trying circumstances
  20. Tenuous
    (adj) resulting from or marked by a lack of attention, unintentional, accidental.