Vocab words from Course of Mexican History text

  • Rationalize: 1.attempt to explain or justify (one’s own or another’s behavior or attitude) with logical, plausible reasons, even if these are not true or appropriate. 2.make (a company, process, or industry) more efficient by reorganizing it in such a way as to dispense with unnecessary personnel or equipment.
  • Justify: show or prove to be right or reasonable.
  • Commend: 1. praise formally or officially. 2. entrust someone or something to.
  • Syllogism: a kind of logical argument that applies deductive reasoning to arrive at a conclusion based on two or more propositions that are asserted or assumed to be true.
  • Analysis: detailed examination of the elements or structure of something, typically as a basis for discussion or interpretation.
  • intemperate: A bad state.
  • acquiescence: the reluctant acceptance of something without protest
  • tyrant: a sovereign or other ruler who uses power oppressively or unjustly.
  • vacillated: to waver in mind or opinion; be indecisive or irresolute: His tendency to vacillate makes him a poor leader.
  • simple chaos: easy to understand, deal with, use—-a state of utter confusion or disorder;
  • unmitigated anarchy: unqualified or absolute: an unmitigated bore—a state of society without government or law..
  • impeccable: without flaw or error; faultless:
  • cohorts: a group or company
  • sequester: Law. to remove (property) temporarily from the possession of the owner; seize and hold, as the property and income of a debtor, until legal claims are satisfied.
  • vested: held completely, permanently, and inalienably: vested rights. 2. protected or established by law, commitment, tradition, ownership, etc.: vested contributions to a fund.
  • ardent: having, expressive of, or characterized by intense feeling; passionate; fervent:
  • quirk: a peculiarity of action, behavior, or personality; mannerism:
  • acceding: 1. to give consent, approval, or adherence; agree; assent; to accede to a request; to accede to the terms of a contract.
    2. to attain or assume an office, title, or dignity; succeed (usually followed by to ): to accede to the throne.
    3. International Law. to become a party to an agreement, treaty, or the like, by way of accession.
  • whim: 1. an odd or capricious notion or desire; a sudden or freakish fancy: a sudden whim to take a midnight walk.
    2. capricious humor:
  • imperative: absolutely necessary or required; unavoidable: It is imperative that we leave.
  • incumbent: 1. holding an indicated position, role, office, etc., currently: the incumbent officers of the club.
    2. obligatory (often followed by on or upon ): a duty incumbent upon me.
    3. Archaic. resting, lying, leaning, or pressing on something: incumbent upon the cool grass.
    noun 4. the holder of an office: The incumbent was challenged by a fusion candidate. 5. British . a person who holds an ecclesiastical benefice.
  • rescinded: to abrogate; annul; revoke; repeal.
  • encroachments: 1. to advance beyond proper, established, or usual limits; make gradual inroads: A dictatorship of the majority is encroaching on the rights of the individual. 2. to trespass upon the property, domain, or rights of another, especially stealthily or by gradual advances.
  • concessionaires: a person, group, or company to whom a concession has been granted, especially to operate a subsidiary business or service: a popcorn concessionaire at a baseball park.
  • enticement: to lead on by exciting hope or desire; allure; inveigle: They were enticed westward by dreams of gold.
  • lukewarm: (of a person, attitude, or action) unenthusiastic.
  • epitomized: be a perfect example of
  • demoralization: having lost confidence or hope; disheartened.
  • despondent: in low spirits from loss of hope or courage.
  • humiliation: is the abasement of pride, which creates mortification or leads to a state of being humbled or reduced to lowliness or submission.
  • dissension: disagreement that causes the people in a group to argue about something that is important to them
  • prejudice: an unfair feeling of dislike for a person or group because of race, sex, religion, etc.
  • chauvinism: an attitude that the members of your own sex are always better than those of the opposite sex
  • naive: having or showing a lack of experience or knowledge : innocent or simple
  • preside: to be in charge of something (such as a trial)
  • luminaries: a person of prominence or brilliant achievement
  • dispensations: permission to break a law or an official promise you have made : release from a rule, vow, or oath
  • alleged: accused of having done something wrong or illegal but not yet proven guilty
  • divest: finance : to sell (something valuable, such as property or stocks)
  • disrepair: the state of being in need of repair <a building fallen into disrepair>
  • languish: to continue for a long time without activity or progress in an unpleasant or unwanted situation
  • reckless: not showing proper concern about the possible bad results of your actions
  • adverse: bad or unfavorable : not good
  • negotiate: to discuss something formally in order to make an agreement
  • positivism: a theory that theology and metaphysics are earlier imperfect modes of knowledge and that positive knowledge is based on natural phenomena and their properties and relations as verified by the empirical sciences
  • consummate: complete in every detail : perfect
  • odious: causing hatred or strong dislike
  • recalcitrant: stubbornly refusing to obey rules or orders
  • prudent: having or showing careful good judgment
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