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connivance - pretense of ignorance of something wrong; assistance; permission to offend; V. connive: feign ignorance (of a wrong); cooperate secretly in an illegal action; conspire
parvenu - upstart; newly rich person
gouge - overcharge (with high price); extort from; Ex. gouge the public; CF. usury
insubordination - disobedience; rebelliousness; ADJ. insubordinate
volition - act of using one's will; act of making a conscious choice; Ex. She selected this dress of her own volition.
hover - hang about; (of birds or aircraft) stay in the air in one place; (of people) wait nearby; stay around one place; waver; be in an uncertain state
emaciated - thin and wasted (from hunger or illness)
xenophobia - fear or hatred of foreigners; N. xenophobe
rationalize - make rational; devise false reasons for (one's behavior); offer an excuse; give a plausible reason for an action in place of a true, less admirable ones; N. rationalization
invert - turn upside down or inside out; reverse the position or condition of