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forbearance - patience; forgiveness; V. forbear: refrain from (in a generous and forgiving way); be patient; Ex. forbear to send him to prison
gerrymander - change voting district lines in order to favor a political party; N. CF. Elbridge Gerry + (sala)mander
reconnaissance - survey of enemy by soldiers; reconnoitering; V. reconnoiter: make a preliminary inspection of (esp. to gather military information)
abeyance - suspended action
regal - royal; of a monarch; Ex. regal manner
bemused - confused; lost in thought; preoccupied
mediate - settle a dispute through the services of an outsider; act as an intermediary; produce by mediating; Ex. mediate a cease-fire
nihilist - one who considers traditional beliefs to be groundless and existence meaningless; absolute skeptic; revolutionary terrorist; CF. nihilism: belief that nothing has meaning or value; belief that destruction of existing political or social institutions is necessary for future improvement
enterprising - full of initiative; showing enterprise
flux - flowing; series of changes; fluctuation; Ex. in a state of flux