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abdicate
v. to give up claim to
quash
v. to crush; to render void
ephemeral
adj. very short-lived
indigenous
adj. native
expurgate
v. to purify (usually a piece of writing) of offensive material
condone
v. to forgive or overlook (an offense)
hyperbole
n. extravagant exaggeration for effect
implicit
adj. implied but not clearly expressed; unquestioning
candid
adj. frank, outspoken
chicanery
n. trickery, deception
mutable
adj. given to frequent change in nature, mood, or form
oblivious
adj. forgetful; absent-minded
quixotic
adj. extravagantly romantic or idealistic; highly impractical
ingratiate
v. to win another's favor or good opinion
jaunty
adj. having an air of easy carelessness or liveliness
plebeian
adj. pertaining to the common people; hence, common or vulgar
gossamer
n. a very thin gauzelike fabric or structure
confederate
n. a person allied with others for a special purpose (frequently a bad one)
annals
n. historical records
tenet
n. a principle of belief held as true