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nihilist

one who believes traditional beliefs to be groundless and existence meaningless; absolute skeptic; revolutionary terrorist

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operatic

relating to opera; melodramatic

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pariah

social outcast

4

perverse

stubborn; contrary; intractable

5

pomposity

self-important behavior; acting like a stuffed shirt

6

prodigal

wasteful; reckless with money

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punitive

punishing

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reaper

one who harvests grain

9

repartee

a quick, witty reply; witty and spirited conversation

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revulsion

sudden violent change of feeling; reaction

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sedulous

diligent; hardworking

12

spartan

avoiding luxury and comfort; sternly disciplined

13

stupor

state of apathy; daze; lack of awareness

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tactless

having no skill in dealing with people; rude; insensitive

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torrent

rushing stream; flood

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underpinning

a structural support or foundation; a support from below, as with girders or props

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veracious

speaking the truth; honest

18

winnow

sift; separate good parts from bad

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adventitious

accidental; casual

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antiquated

old-fashioned; obsolete