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::: apolitical - having an aversion or lack of concern for political affairs
::: avenge - take vengence for something or on behalf of someone; Ex. They avenged his death by burning the village; Ex. He swore to avenge his brother; Ex. They avenged themselves on their enemy.
::: assert - state strongly or positively; demand recognition of (rights, claims, etc.); make a claim to (by forceful action); Ex. assert one's independence
::: humus - substance or rich soil formed by decaying vegetable matter; CF. soil
::: errant - wandering (esp. in search of adventure); straying from proper moral standards; Ex. knight-errant
::: sibylline - prophetic; oracular; N. sibyl: woman prophet (in the ancient world)
::: macerate - soften by soaking in liquid; waste away; Ex. macerate powdered wood to make paper
::: itinerary - plan of a trip; record of a trip
::: plebiscite - direct vote by the entire electorate (on an important issue)
::: tangential - only slightly connected; not central; peripheral; digressing; showing divergence; CF. tangent