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assumption - something taken for granted; the taking over or taking possession of; Ex. her assumption of power; V. assume
gradation - series of gradual stages; degree in such a progression
chasten - discipline; punish in order to correct; CF. castigate
discretion - prudence; ability to adjust actions to circumstances; freedom of action or judgment; ADJ. discreet; CF. discretionary
vicarious - experienced as if one were taking part in the experience of another; done by a deputy for other people; acting as a substitute; Ex. vicarious thrill at the movies; Ex. the vicarious sufferings of Christ
boor - rude, insensitive person
deride - ridicule; treat with contempt; make fun of; OP. respect
molecule - the smallest particle (one or more atoms) of a substance that has all the properties of that substance
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
admonish - warn or speak to with gentle disapproval; reprove