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vapid

dull or uninspiring (from the latin word 'vapidus')

The lecturer spoke with such vapidity that many of the students were nodding off.

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endemic

belonging or native to a particular people or country; characteristic of or prevalent in a particular field, area, or environment

The fish is not an endemic species of the lake, and it is rapidly devouring the native trout population.

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lampooned

ridiculed with satire

The politician was lampooned in cartoons.

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austere

of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect
simple or plain, not fancy

The authority of the parents was too austere: such parents cannot easily give love to their children.

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bourgeois (adj.)

relating to or typical of the middle class

Indignation about the powers that be and the bourgeois fools who did their bidding—that was all you needed … You were an intellectual. —Tom Wolfe, Harper's, June 2000

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pedagogy

another word for education; the profession and science of teaching

Some of the presentations, a few too many for comfort, lapsed into the familiar contortions of modern pedagogy.

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dour

harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance

She had a dour expression on her face.

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hoary

showing characteristics of age, especially having grey or white hair

a hoary tale of revenge

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betokening

being a signal for a symptom

The humor in his writing is never cruel, and betokens a warm and compassionate heart.

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stint

to subsist on a meager existence

She stinted herself of luxuries.

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rhetoric

study of the technique for using language effectively

The media almost never discuss what the sweeping dismantling of public services inherent in the rhetoric of the antigovernment movement would mean in practice. —E. J. Dionne, Jr., Commonweal, 20 Nov. 2009

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din

a noun that means a loud or harsh sound, especially a welter of discordant sounds

There's always a great din from the cafeteria during lunch.

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plumb (v.)

to examine (something) in a careful and complete way in order to understand it; to experience or reach (something)

The book plumbs the complexities of human relationships.

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ruddy

inclined to a healthy reddish color & often associated with outdoor life

a ruddy complexion

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quotidian

daily or ordinary

There's nothing quite like a real . . . train conductor to add color to a quotidian commute.

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augurs

one held to foretell events by omens

ancient Roman augurs who predicted the future by reading the flight of birds

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abstemious

sparing in consumption of (especially) food or drink

Being abstemious diners, they avoid restaurants with all-you-can-eat buffets.

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Ornithologist

a person who studies birds

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agrarian

pertaining to land or its cultivation

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adventitious

accidental, happening by chance, not natural

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prodigious

obsolete: being an omen; resembling or befitting of a prodigy; exciting amazement or wonder; extraordinary in bulk, quantity, or degree

stage magicians performing prodigious feats for rapt audiences

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melancholy

an abnormal state attributed to an excess of black bile and characterized by irascibility or depression; depression of spirits

He became quiet and melancholy as the hours passed.

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stolidity

unemotional; impassive

the butler responded to the duchess's demands with stolid indifference

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etiolated

to cause to appear pale of sickly; to bleach and alter the natural development of (a green plant) by excluding sunlight

the long, stressful days and sleepless nights gradually etiolated him

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circumscribed

to constrict the range or activity of definitely and clearly; to draw a line around

he circumscribed his enthusiasm so as not to make the losing side feel worse

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aberrant

(adj.)
deviating from the usual or natural type or way

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astute

having or showing shrewdness and perspicacity (keen, of acute mental vision or discernment); crafty

a police detective known to be an astute judge of character

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inveterate

firmly established by long persistence; habitual

he has an inveterate tendency to tell some tall tales

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cowed

to destroy the resolve or courage of; also, to bring to a state or action by intimidation

I refused to be cowed by their threats

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intractable

not easily governed, managed, or directed; not easily manipulated or wrought (worked into shape by artistry or effort); not easily relieved or cured

cats are by nature fairly intractable animals

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erudite

having or showing great knowledge or learning.

the most erudite people in medical research attended the conference

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predilection

a natural liking for something : a tendency to do or to be attracted to something

It's true that black audiences have always had a predilection for talking back at performances. But more than that is going on in this theatre: the intensity of engagement is palpable.

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repatriate

to return (someone) to his or her own country

Countries are required to repatriate prisoners of war when conflict has ended.

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turgid

being in a state of distension : swollen, tumid

turgid leeches having had their fill of blood

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extradite

to send (a person who has been accused of a crime) to another state or country for trial

He will be extradited from the U.S. to Canada to face criminal charges there.

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interdict

a prohibitory decree

His object was to obtain an interdict against the progress of the works, but he was not successful.

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expurgate

to change (a written work) by removing parts that might offend people

They felt it was necessary to expurgate his letters before publishing them.

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penury

a cramping and oppressive lack of resources (as money); especially : severe poverty

lived in a time when single women like herself faced a lifetime of genteel penury

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indigence

a level of poverty in which real hardship and deprivation are suffered and comforts of life are wholly lacking

there are various state and federal programs to help relieve indigence

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opulence

wealth, affluence

in some parts of the city nearly unimaginable opulence can be found side by side with nearly unthinkable poverty

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eminence

a condition of being well-known and successful; a position of prominence or superiority

the eminence of the Nobel Prize in the field of awards and prizes