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Moribund

(adj) In a dying state; near death. On the verge of extinction or termination. Not progressing or advancing; stagnant: a moribund political party.

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Impunity

(n.) Exempt from punishment or from detrimental effects.

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Expedient

(adj.) Fit or suitable for the purpose; proper under the circumstances: It is expedient that you go. Conducive to an advantage or interest. (n.) A means to an end: The ladder was a useful expedient for getting to the second floor. A means devised or employed in an exigency; resource.

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Abide

(v. – without an object) To remain; continue; stay. To dwell; reside. To continue in a particular condition, attitude, relationship, etc.; last. (v. – with an object) To put up with; tolerate; stand. To endure, sustain, or withstand. To wait for. To accept without opposition.

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Volition

n.) The act of willing, choosing, or resolving; exercise of willing: She left of her own volition. A choice or decision made by the will. The power of willing; will.

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Renege

(v.) To go back on one’s word. Cards. To play a card that is not of the suit led when one can follow suit; break a rule of play.

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Irasible

(adj.) Easily provoked to anger; very irritable: an irascible old man. Characterized or produced by anger: an irascible response.

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Celerity

(n.) Swiftness; speed.

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Compunction

(n.) A feeling of uneasiness or anxiety of the conscience caused by regret for doing wrong or causing pain; contrition; remorse. Any uneasiness or hesitation about the rightness of an action.

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untenable

(adj.) Incapable of being defended or justified, as an argument, thesis, etc.; indefensible. Not fit to be occupied, as an apartment, house, etc.

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Vitriol

(n.) Sulfuric acid. Something highly caustic or severe in effect, as criticism.

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Polemic

(n.) A controversial or aggressive argument, as one against some opinion, doctrine, etc. A person who argues in opposition to another; controversialist.

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Resplendent

(adj.) Shining brilliantly; gleaming; splendid: troops resplendent in white uniforms; resplendent virtues.

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Siphon

(v.) To convey, draw, or pass through or as if through a siphon (sometimes followed by off): to siphon water; to siphon off profits into a secret bank account.

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Hegemony

(n.) Leadership or predominant influence exercised by one nation over others, as in a confederation. Leadership; predominance. (Especially among smaller nations) aggression or expansionism by large nations in an effort to achieve world domination.