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embroil - throw into confusion; involve in strife, dispute, or quarrel; entangle; CF. imbroglio
enfranchise - admit to the rights of citizenship (especially the right to vote); CF. franchise
proclivity - inclination; natural tendency (esp. towards something bad)
gerrymander - change voting district lines in order to favor a political party; N. CF. Elbridge Gerry + (sala)mander
mandate - order; charge; authoritative command; power to govern another country; power to given to a government; region under administration; V: give a mandate to; place under a mandate; Ex. mandated territory
saturate - soak thoroughly; imbue; impregnate; charge; fill to capacity
pinch - squeeze between the thumb and a finger, or other edges; Ex. I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn't dreaming. N: amount that can be held between the thumb and a finger
dint - means; effort; Ex. by dint of hard work
laconic - brief and to the point; using few words; terse
preen - make oneself tidy in appearance; feel self-satisfaction or pride; (of a bird) smooth or clean (feathers) with the beak; Ex. preen oneself on; CF. prune