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polemic

Controversial argument, esp. one attacking a specific idea

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disjointed

Disconnected, not coherent, jerky; having the joints separated

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fallacious

Containing a fallacy, or mistake in logic; logically unsound; deceptive

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alacrity

Cheerful or speedy willingness

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ambivalent

Uncertain; unable to decide, or wanting to do two contradictory things at once

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embellish

Decorate, add ornamentation; enhance (a story) with fictional or fanciful details

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indeterminate

Not fixed or determined, indefinite; vague

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hotly

In an intense, fiery, or heated way

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spartan

Very disciplined and stern; frugal, living simply, austere; suggestive of the ancient Spartans

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denigrate

Belittle, attack the reputation of

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warranted

Justified, authorized (warrant can mean to justify or a justification, but can also mean to vouch for or guarantee)

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extraneous

Irrelevant; foreign, coming from without, not belonging

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incentive

Something that encourages greater action or effort, such as a reward

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fringe

On the margin, periphery (adj); the people in a group who hold the most extreme views (noun)

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travesty

Exaggerated, debased, or grotesque imitation

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slack

period of little work; loose, negligent, lazy, weak

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delineate

Make the outline of; sketch; describe in detail

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estimable

Worthy of esteem, admirable; able to be estimated

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implication

Act of implying or that which is implied; close connection, esp. in an incriminating way

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paradigm

Model or pattern; worldview, set of shared assumptions, values, etc.

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ponderous

Heavy; bulky and unwieldy; dull, labored

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optimum

Best, most desirable or favorable

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pith

Core, essence; significance or weight

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garner

Gather and store; amass, collect

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indolent

Lazy, slothful