Glossary of Vocab. 5 2
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- Omnipotent (adj.)
(omnipotence, the omnipotent)
Some dictators could be considered omnipotent rulers.
- all-powerful, having unlimited power or influence
- Arbitrary (adj.)
The omnipotent ruler passed arbitrary laws based on whim alone.
- dictatorial or characterized by absolute power or authority; random or based on whim rather than rule or law
- Vanquish (v.)
he may vanquish his fear of flying by finally getting on an airplane
- conquer, overpower, defeat completely; gain mastery or control over (physically or emotionally)
- Override (v.)
The omnipotent ruler used arbitrary laws to override the legal system.
- to dominate, suppress, or prevail over; to disregard or annul
- Constrain (v.)
The omnipotent ruler has the power to constrain people arbitrarily.
- to force or compel; to restrain, confine or stifle
- Provocation (n.)
(provocative, provoke, provoking)
Shouting imprecations at someone might be considered provocation.
- something that irritates, incites, anger, or excites
- Militate (v.)
The imprecations of the Cyclops militated Obysseus's homecoming.
- to have weight or effect or to operate against or in favor of (usually against)
- Embroil (v.)
After the accident, the two drivers became embroiled in a heated discussion
- to involve in a quarrel, conflict, problem:thrown into confusion
- Contrive (v.)
Odysseus contrived to defeat the Trojans through the use of the wooden horse.
- to scheme or plan, invent or design; to manage to do (most often ideas-non material)
- Conduce (v.)
Studying is certainly conducive to good grades.
- to contribute toward, further, promote; lead toward a desirable result
- Ingratiate (v.)
(ingratiating, ingratiation, ingrate)
The employee tried to ingratiate himself with his boss through compliments.
- to bring oneself into another's favor or good graces- to attempt to get on the "good side"
- Incantation (n.)
Abracadabra is perhaps the most famous incantation.
- the use of magical words to cast a spell; magic
- Conciliate (v.)
(conciliation, conciliator, conciliatory)
The owners attempted to conciliate the players by offering higher salaries.
- to pacify or soothe the anger of; to win goodwill by friendly acts
(usually done by a person to a group of people)
- Mollify (v.)
(mollification, mollifier, mollifying)
My anger was mollified when he agreed to pay for the damages.
- to pacify, soothe, or soften; to reduce in intensity
(from person to person or within an individual)
- Assuage (v.)
In the Land of the Dead, Odysseus assuaged the dead by offering a sacrifice.
- to pacify, calm or satisfy; to make less severe
- Sufferance (n.)
Turning the other cheek is an example of sufferance.
- toleration or endurance
- Succumb (v.)
Despite his tribulations, Odysseus did not succumb to despondency.
- to yield or give way to a superior force; to die
(usually followed by TO)
- Susceptible (adj.)
her parents worried about her since she was susceptible to peer pressure.
- easily influenced or impressionable; subject to, prone to, or sensitive to
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