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to abdicate

to abdicate

/ˈæbdəˌkeɪt/
verb
give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors, or duties and obligations

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to anoint

to anoint

/əˈnɔɪnt/
verb
choose by or as if by divine intervention

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to arrogate

to arrogate

/ˈæɹoʊˌɡeɪt/
verb
to take control of something without any legal basis

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to capitulate

to capitulate

/kəˈpɪtʃuɫeɪt/, /kəˈpɪtʃuɫɪt/
verb
to stop resisting something and agreeing to it

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to cede

to cede

/ˈsid/
verb
relinquish possession or control over

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to concede

to concede

/kənˈsid/
verb
to surrender something such as a privilege or right, often reluctantly

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to defenestrate

to defenestrate

/dɪfˈɛnɪstɹˌeɪt/
verb
throw through or out of the window

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to dismiss

to dismiss

/dɪsˈmɪs/
verb
to end the employment of someone by removing them from their job

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to fortify

to fortify

/ˈfɔɹtɪˌfaɪ/
verb
make strong or stronger

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to gerrymander

to gerrymander

/ˈdʒɛɹiˌmændɝ/
verb
divide unfairly and to one's advantage; of voting districts

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to kowtow

to kowtow

/ˈkaʊˈtaʊ/, /ˈkoʊˈtoʊ/
verb
bend the knees and bow in a servile manner

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to machinate

to machinate

/mˈækɪnˌeɪt/
verb
engage in plotting or enter into a conspiracy, swear together

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to relegate

to relegate

/ˈɹɛɫəˌɡeɪt/
verb
assign to a lower position; reduce in rank

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to rescind

to rescind

/ɹiˈsɪnd/, /ɹɪˈsɪnd/
verb
to officially cancel a law, decision, or agreement

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to sap

to sap

/ˈsæp/
verb
deplete

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to spearhead

to spearhead

/ˈspɪɹˌhɛd/
verb
be the leader of

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to undermine

to undermine

/ˈəndɝˌmaɪn/
verb
to gradually decrease the effectiveness, confidence, or power of something or someone

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artless

artless

/ˈɑːɹtləs/
adjective
simple and natural; without cunning or deceit

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autonomous

autonomous

/ɔˈtɑnəməs/
adjective
(of political bodies) not controlled by outside forces

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bellicose

bellicose

/ˈbɛɫəˌkoʊs/
adjective
displaying a willingness to start an argument, fight, or war

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byzantine

byzantine

/ˈbɪzənˌtaɪn/, /ˈbɪzənˌtin/
adjective
highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious

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compliant

compliant

/kəmˈpɫaɪənt/
adjective
too willing to obey rules or to agree to other people's demands

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magisterial

magisterial

/ˌmædʒɪˈstiɹiəɫ/
adjective
offensively self-assured or given to exercising usually unwarranted power

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obsequious

obsequious

/əbˈsikwiəs/
adjective
attentive in an ingratiating or servile manner

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partisan

partisan

/ˈpɑɹtəzən/
adjective
devoted to a cause or party

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truculent

truculent

/ˈtɹəkjəɫənt/
adjective
defiantly aggressive

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artifice

artifice

/ˈɑɹtəfɪs/
noun
a deceptive maneuver (especially to avoid capture)

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buffer

buffer

/ˈbəfɝ/
noun
a neutral zone between two rival powers that is created in order to diminish the danger of conflict

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calumny

calumny

/ˈkæɫəmni/
noun
a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions

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dissolution

dissolution

/ˌdɪsəˈɫuʃən/
noun
the formal ending of a business agreement, marriage, parliament, or organization

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graft

graft

/ˈɡɹæft/
noun
the practice of offering something (usually money) in order to gain an illicit advantage

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jingoist

jingoist

/dʒˈɪŋɡoʊˌɪst/
noun
an extreme bellicose nationalist

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juggernaut

juggernaut

/ˈdʒəɡɝˌnɔt/
noun
a massive inexorable force that seems to crush everything in its way

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junta

junta

/ˈhʊntə/
noun
a group of military officers who rule a country after seizing power

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nabob

nabob

/ˈnæbɑb/
noun
a governor in India during the Mogul empire

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potentate

potentate

/ˈpoʊtənˌteɪt/
noun
a ruler who is unconstrained by law

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quisling

quisling

/ˈkwɪzɫɪŋ/
noun
someone who collaborates with an enemy occupying force

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recrimination

recrimination

/ɹɪˌkɹɪmɪˈneɪʃən/
noun
mutual accusations

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sycophant

sycophant

/sˈɪkɑːfənt/
noun
a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage

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