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Acquiesce - assent tacitly; submit or comply silently or without protest; agree; consent: to acquiesce halfheartedly in a business plan.

Aristocracy - a class of persons holding exceptional rank and privileges, esp. the hereditary nobility.

Assault - make an assault upon; attack; assail.

Autocracy - government in which one person has uncontrolled or unlimited authority over others; the government or power of an absolute monarch.

Autocrat - an absolute ruler, esp. a monarch who holds and exercises the powers of government as by inherent right, not subject to restrictions.

Capture - to take by force or stratagem; take prisoner; seize: The police captured the burglar.

Civic (adj.) - of or pertaining to a city; municipal: civic problems.

Commodity - an article of trade or commerce, esp. a product as distinguished from a service.

Compel - force or drive, esp. to a course of action: His disregard of the rules compels us to dismiss him.

Consume - use up; expend: My car consumes little oil.

Convey - carry, bring, or take from one place to another; transport; bear.

Democracy - government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.

Dictatorship - a country, government, or the form of government in which absolute power is exercised by a dictator.

Domestic (adj.) - of or pertaining to the home, the household, household affairs, or the family: domestic pleasures.

Elect - choose or select by vote, as for an office: to elect a mayor.

Evaporate (here) - disappear; vanish; fade: His hopes evaporated.

Foster - promote the growth or development of; further; encourage: to foster new ideas.

Glorify - to cause to be or treat as being more splendid, excellent, etc., than would normally be considered.

Greed - excessive or rapacious desire, esp. for wealth or possessions.

Inherit - take or receive (property, a right, a title, etc.) by succession or will, as an heir: to inherit the family business.

Insure - guarantee against loss or harm.

Intrude - thrust or bring in without invitation, permission, or welcome.

Legitimacy - the state or quality of being legitimate.

Legitimate (adj.) - according to law; lawful: the property's legitimate owner.

Maintenance - care or upkeep, as of machinery or property: With proper maintenance the car will last for many years.

Monarchy - a state or nation in which the supreme power is actually or nominally lodged in a monarch.

Neglect - pay no attention or too little attention to; disregard or slight.

Obey - comply with or follow the commands, restrictions, wishes, or instructions of: to obey one's parents.

Oligarchy - a form of government in which all power is vested in a few persons or in a dominant class or clique; government by the few.

Oppose - to act against or provide resistance to; combat.

Oppression - the exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner.

Ordain - enact or establish by law, edict, etc.: to ordain a new type of government.

Prejudice - an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason.

Punish - subject to pain, loss, confinement, death, etc., as a penalty for some offense, transgression, or fault: to punish a criminal.

Relinquish - renounce or surrender (a possession, right, etc.): to relinquish the throne.

Remain - continue in the same state; continue to be as specified: to remain at peace.

Republic - a state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them.

Reward - recompense or requite (a person or animal) for service, merit, achievement, etc.

Scriptural - of, pertaining to, or in accordance with sacred writings, esp. the Scriptures.

Sewer - an artificial conduit, usually underground, for carrying off waste water and refuse, as in a town or city.

Slavery - the state or condition of being a slave; a civil relationship whereby one person has absolute power over another and controls his life, liberty, and fortune.

Sovereign (adj.) - belonging to or characteristic of a sovereign or sovereignty; royal.

State of nation - the hypothetical condition of humanity before the state's foundation.

Subversive (adj.) - tending to subvert or advocating subversion, esp. in an attempt to overthrow or cause the destruction of an established or legally constituted government.

Supervise - oversee (a process, work, workers, etc.) during execution or performance; superintend; have the oversight and direction of.

Supreme - highest in rank or authority; paramount; sovereign; chief.

Theocracy - a form of government in which god or a deity is recognized as the supreme civil ruler, the God's or deity's laws being interpreted by the ecclesiastical authorities.

Totalitarian - of or pertaining to a centralized government that does not tolerate parties of differing opinion and that exercises dictatorial control over many aspects of life.

Ultimate - last; furthest or farthest; ending a process or series: the ultimate point in a journey; the ultimate style in hats.

Vice - an immoral or evil habit or practice.

Virtue- moral excellence; goodness; righteousness.

Wellbeing - a good or satisfactory condition of existence; a state characterized by health, happiness, and prosperity; welfare: to influence the well-being of the nation and its people.

Whim - an odd or capricious notion or desire; a sudden or freakish fancy: a sudden whim to take a midnight walk.



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