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SO - Level F, Unit 3

abominate v. to have an intense dislike or hatred for
acculturation n. the modification of the social patterns, traits, or structures of one group or society by contact with those of another; the resultant blend
adventitious adj. resulting from chance rather than from an inherent cause or character; accidental, not essential; (medicine) acquired, not congenital
ascribe v. to assign or refer to (as a cause or source), attribute
circuitous adj. roundabout, not direct
commiserate v. to sympathize with, have pity or sorrow for, share a feeling of distress
enjoin v. to direct or order; to prescribe a course of action in an authoritative way; to prohibit
expedite v. to make easy, cause to progress faster
expiate v. to make amends, make up for; to avert
ferment n. a state of great excitement, agitation, or turbulence
inadvertent adj. resulting from or marked by lack of attention; unintentional, accidental
nominal adj. existing in name only, not real; too small to be considered or taken seriously
noncommittal adj. not decisive or definite; unwilling to take a clear position or to say yes or no
peculate v. to steal something that has been given into one’s trust; to take improperly for one’s own use
proclivity n. a natural or habitual inclination or tendency (especially of human character or behavior)
sangfroid n. composure or coolness, especially in trying circumstances
seditious adj. resistant to lawful authority; having the purpose of overthrowing an established government
tenuous adj. thin, slender, not dense; lacking clarity or sharpness; of slight importance or significance; lacking a sound basis, poorly supported
vitriolic adj. bitter, sarcastic; highly caustic or biting (like a strong acid)
wheedle v. to use coaxing or flattery to gain some desired end
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