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Glossary of 11 AP Vocabulary - List 05

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abrogate
verb - to cancel (a law, agreement, etc) formally or officially
arcane
adj - mysterious, secret or obscure; understood only by a few; difficult to understand
bowdlerize
verb - to remove passages or words from (a book or play, etc), especially on moral and social rather than aesthetic grounds; to expurgate, especially in an unnecessary or distorting way
conciliatory
adj - intended to placate or win over someone
cosset
verb - to treat too kindly; to pamper
draconian
adj - said of a law, etc: harsh; severe
echelon
noun - a level or rank in an organization, etc
enjoin
verb - to order or command someone to do something
ersatz
adj - substitute; imitation
foment
verb - to encourage or foster (ill-feeling, etc).
importune
verb - 1 to make persistent and usually annoying requests of someone. 2 to solicit for immoral purposes, eg prostitution
inchoate
adj - 1 at the earliest stage of development; just beginning. 2 not fully developed; unfinished; rudimentary
jurisprudence
noun - knowledge of or skill in law
salient
adj - striking; outstanding or prominent
spurious
adj - false, counterfeit or untrue, especially when superficially seeming to be genuine
vitiate
verb - 1 to impair the quality or effectiveness of (eg an argument); to make something faulty or defective. 2 to make (eg a legal contract) ineffectual or invalid

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