Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Words I Don't Know: Royal Edition II

innate (adj.):  existing in one from birth; inborn; native.
expedient (adj.): tending to promote some proposed or desired object; fit or suitable for the purpose; proper under the circumstances.
xenophobia (n.):  an unreasonable fear or hatred of foreigners or strangers or of that which is foreign or strange.
clemency (n.):  an act or deed showing mercy or leniency.
autocratic (adj.):  tyrannical; domineering. 
canaille (n.): riffraff; rabble.
coxcomb (n.):  a conceited, foolish dandy; pretentious fop.
martinet (n.): someone who stubbornly adheres to methods or rules.
licentious (adj.):  sexually unrestrained; lascivious; libertine; lewd.
extricate (v.):  to free or release from entanglement; disengage: to extricate someone from a dangerous situation.

Definitions from dictionary.com

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