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Washington's Farewell Address Vocabulary #1

Washington's Farewell Address Vocabulary #1

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apprise
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inform somebody of something
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diminution
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a change towards something smaller or lower
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zeal
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a feeling of strong eagerness or enthusiasm
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deference
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courteous regard for people's feelings
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arduous
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involving strenuous effort; difficult or tiring
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fallible
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capable of making mistakes or being erroneous
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diffidence
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modesty due to lack of self-confidence
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annals
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a record of events year-by-year
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prudent
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careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment
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solicitude
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a feeling of excessive concern
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exalt
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to hold in very high regard; speak highly of
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maritime
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related to the sea or ships
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precarious
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not secure; uncertain or difficult
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efficacy
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the ability to produce a desired effect
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acquiescence
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acceptance without protest
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maxim
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a short saying expressing a general truth or rule of conduct
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incongruous
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lacking in harmony, compatibility, or appropriateness
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usurp
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take a position of power illegally or by force
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pretext
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an untrue reason given to conceal the real reason
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despotism
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a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator
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