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Sadlier- Oxford

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adventitous   resulting from chance rather than from an inherent,cause or character; accidental, not essential, acquired, not congenital   incidental, fortuitous   essential, intrinsic, inherent, congenital  
ascribe   to assign or refer to (as a cause or source), attribute   impute, credit    
circuitous   roundabout, not direct   indirect, meandering, winding   straight, direct, as the crow flies  
commiserate   to sympathize with, have pity or sorrow for, share a feeling of distress   feel sorry for, empathize   feel no sympathy for  
enjoin   to direct or order; to prescribe a course of action in an authoritative way; to prohibit   bid, charge, adjure   allow, permit  
expedite   to make easy, cause to progress faster   accelerate, facilitate, speed up   hinder, hamper, impede, obstruct  
ferment   a state of great excitement, agitation, or turbulence V:to be in or work into such a state; to produce alcohol by chemical reaction   commotion, turmoil, unrest   peace and quiet, tranquility, placidity  
expiate   to make amends, make up or; to avert   redeem, make amends with, make up for; to avert    
inadvertent   resulting from or marked by a lack of attention; unintentional, accidental   accidental   deliberate, intentionall  
nominal   existing in name only, not real; too small to be considered or taken seriously   titular, inconsequential   actual exorbitant  
noncommittal   not decisive or definite; unwilling to take clear position   cagey, uninformative, playing it close to the vest, playing it safe   positive, definite, committed  
peculate   to steal something that has been given into one's trust; to take improperly for one's use   defraud, misappropriate    
proclicity   a natural or habitual inclination or tendency (especially of human character or behaviour)   penchant, propensity   inability, incapacity  
sangfroid   composure or coolness, especially in trying circumstances   poise, self-assurance, equanimity   excitability, hysteria, flappability  
seditious   resistant to lawful authority,; having the purpose of overthrowing an established government   mutinous, rebellious, subversive   supportive, faithful, allegiant  
tenuous   thin, slender, not dense; lacking clarity or sharpness; of slight importance; lacking a sound basis, poorly supported   flimsy, insubstantial, vague,hazy   strong, solid, substantial, valid  
vitriolic   bitter, sacrcastic; highly caustic or biting (like a strong acid)   withering, acerbic, mordant   bland, saccharine, honeyed, sugary  
wheedle   to use coaxing or flattery to gain some desired end   inveigle, soft-soap, sweettalk   coerce, browbeat, intimidate, strong-arm  
abominate   to have an intense dislike or hatred for   loathe, abhor, despise, detest   relish, savor, esteem  
acculturation   the modification of the social patterns, traits, stuctures of one group by contact with another   adaptation    


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