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abominate

to have an intense dislike or hatred for

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acculturation

the modification of the social patterns, traits, or structure of one group or society by contact with those of another; the resultant blend

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adventitious

resulting from chance rather than from an inherent cause or character; accidental, not essential; (medicine) acquired, not congenital

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ascribe

to assign or refer to (as a cause or source), attribute

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circuitous

roundabout, not direct

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commiserate

to sympathize with, have pity or sorrow for, share a feeling of distress

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enjoin

to direct or order; to prescribe a course of action in an authoritative way; to prohibit

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expedite

to make easy, cause to progress faster

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expiate

to make amends, make up for; to avert

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ferment

(n) a state of great excitement, agitation, or turbulence; (v) to be in or work into such a state; to produce alcohol by chemical action

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inadvertent

resulting from or marked by lack of attention; unintentional, accidental

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nominal

existing in name only, not real; too small to be considered or taken seriously

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noncommittal

not decisive or definite; unwilling to take a clear position

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peculate

to steal something that has even given into one’s trust; to take improperly for one’s own use

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proclivity

a annual or habitual inclination or tendency (especially of human character or behavior)

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sangfroid

composure or coolness, especially in trying circumstances

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seditious

resistant to lawful authority; having the purpose of overthrowing an established government

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tenuous

thin, slender, not dense; lacking clarity or sharpness; of slight importance; lacking a sound basis, poorly supported

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vitriolic

bitter, sarcastic; highly caustic or biting (like a strong acid)

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wheedle

to use coaxing or flattery to gain some desired end