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Draconian

characterized by very strict laws, rules, and punishments

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Laconic

Very Brief; concise, succinct, terse

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Spartan

plain, simple, austere

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Halcyon

Idyllically calm and peaceful, an untroubled golden time of satisfaction, happiness, and tranquility

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Sophistry

a plausible but deliberately misleading or fallacious argument designed to deceive someone

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Chimerical

given to fantastic schemes; existing only in the imagination; impossible; vainly concieved

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impecunious

poor; penniless

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Dirge

a funeral hymm; a slow, mournful. lugubrious musical composition

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Maudlin

tearful; excessively sentimental. but not mawkish

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quixotic

Foolishly impractical in the pursuit of ideals; impractical idealism

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martinet

a strict disciplinarian; a person who demands absolute adherence to forms and rules

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Bowdlerize

to remove or delete parts of a book, song, or other work that are considered offensive; to expurgate

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picayune

small value or importance; pretty trifling; (pequeno)

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Gerrymander

to divide a geographic area into voting districts so as to give unfair advantage to one party in elections

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maverick

an independent individual who does not go along with a group as a party; a nonconformist

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juggernaut

an irresistible force that crushes everything in its path

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serendipity

discovery by fortunate accident

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zenith

highest point; apex

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nadir

lowest point; bottom