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vocab unit 6

Terms

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aspersion
(n) a damaging or derogatory statement, the act of slandering or defaming SYNONYMS: innuendo, calumny
anomalous
(adj) abnormal, irregular, departing from the usual SYNONYMS: exceptional, unusual
heinous
(adj) very wicked, offensive, hateful SYNONYMS: evil, outrageous
brusque
(adj) abrupt, blunt, with no formalities SYNONYMS: curt, tactless, rough
vicarious
(adj) preformed, suffered, or otherwise experienced by one person in place of another SYNONYMS: surrogate, substitute, imagined, secondhand
insurgent
(n) one who rebels rises against authority SYNONYMS: revolutionary, rebellious
fetter
(n) a chain or shackle placed on the feet SYNONYMS: bond, restraint
cajole
(v) to coax, persuade through flattery or artifice SYNONYMS: wheedle, inveigle, sweet-talk
surreptitious
(adj) stealthy, secret, intended to escape observation, made or accomplished by fraud SYNONYMS:convert, concealed
sinecure
(n) a position requiring little or no work, an easy job
contrive
(v) to plan with ingenuity, invent, to bring about as the result of a scheme or plan SYNONYMS: think up, devise
castigate
(v) to punish severely, to criticize severely SYNONYMS:chastise, rebuke
ennui
(n) weariness and dissatisfaction from lack of occupation or interest, boredom SYNONYMS: languor, world-weariness, listlesness
transgress
(v) to go beyond a limit or boundary; to sin; violate a law SYNONYMS: overstep, exceed, trespass
transmute
(v) to change from one nature, substance, or from to another SYNONYMS: transform, convert, translate
bizarre
(adj) extremely strange, unusual, atypical SYNONYMS: grotesque, fantastic, outlandish
megalomania
(n) a delusion marked by a feeling of power, wealth, talent
immutable
(adj) not subject to change, constant SYNONYMS: unchangeable, unalterable, fixed
demagogue
(n) a leader who exploits popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power SYNONYMS: firebrand, rubble-rouser
disabuse
(v) to free from deception or error, set right in ideas or thinking SYNONYMS: undeceive, enlighten, set straight

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