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draconian

of or relating to Draco or his harsh code of laws

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strident

being sharply insistent on being heard; unpleasantly loud and harsh; of speech sounds produced by forcing air through a constricted passage (as `f', `s', `z', or `th' in both `thin' and `then');conspicuously and offensively loud; given to vehement outcry

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perfunctory

hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough; as a formality only

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rife

excessively abundant; encountered generally especially at the present time

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unfettered

not bound by shackles and chains

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ubiquity

the state of being everywhere at once (or seeming to be everywhere at once)

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constellation

a configuration of stars as seen from the earth;an arrangement of parts or elements

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effusive

extravagantly demonstrative; uttered with unrestrained enthusiasm

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unremitting

uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing

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quantum

(physics) the smallest discrete quantity of some physical property that a system can possess (according to quantum theory); a discrete amount of something that is analogous to the quantum in quantum theory

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pernicious

working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way; exceedingly harmful

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vitriol

abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will

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unalloyed

free from admixture

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patina

an appearance or aura that is derived from association, habit, or established character

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capacious

large in capacity

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ballyhoo

blatant or sensational promotion; advertize noisily or blatantly

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vestigial

not fully developed in mature animals

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pillory

a wooden instrument of punishment on a post with holes for the wrists and neck; offenders were locked in and so exposed to public scorn; punish by putting in a pillory; expose to ridicule or public scorn; criticize harshly or violently

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evanescent

tending to vanish like vapor

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monomaniacal

obsessed with one self

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extirpate

surgically remove (an organ); pull up by or as if by the roots; destroy completely, as if down to the roots