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ahistorical

adj. withouth concern for history or historical development

ahistorical nostalgia that misunderstands cultural history

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fastidious

adj. excessively particular, critical, or demanding; hard to please

fastidious eater

SYN:
punctillious
particular
difficult
captious
exacting
critical

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nuances

n. a subtle difference or distinction in expression; slight difference or varation in color or tone

the nuances of facial expression and body language

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obliquely

adj.
1. at an angle, not parallet
we sat on the settee oblique to the fireplace

2. indirect or evasive

he issued an oblique attack on the president

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oracular

adj. of or relating to an oracle

- hard to interpret; enigmatic
an ambiguous, oracular remark

- a person who delivers authoritative, wise or highly regarded and influential pronouncements

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orthodox

adj.
1. of, pertaining to, or conforming to the approved form of any doctrine, philosophy, ideology

- conforming to what is generally or traditionally accepted as right or true; established and approved

the orthodox economics of today; orthodox medical treatment

- of the ordinary or usual type; normal
they avoided orthodox jazz venues

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arcane

adj. understood by few; mysterious or secret

modern math and its arcane notation
she knew a lot about Sanskrit grammar and other arcane matters

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credulity

n. willingness to believe or trust too readily, especially without proper or adequate evidence; gullible

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cynical

adj. believing that people are motivated by self-interest; distrusful of human sincerity or integrity
"her cynical attitude"

- doubful as to whether something will happen or whether it is worthwhile
"most residents are cynical about efforts to clean mobsters out of their city"

- mocking
"he gave a cynical laugh"

- concerned with only one's interests and typically disrearding accepted standards in order to achieve them
"a cynical manipulation of public opinion"

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demarcation

n. the action of fixing the boundary or limits of something
"the demaracation of the maritime border"

- dividing line
"a horizontal band that produces a distinct demarcation two inches from the top"

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hubris

n. excessive pride or self-confidience; arrogance

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inalienable

adj. unable to be taken away from or given away by the possessor
"freedom of religion, the most inalienable of all human rights"

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alienable

adj. capable of being sold or transferred

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irredeemable

adj. not able to be saved, improved, or corrected
"so many irredeemable mistakes have been made"

- not reedemable; incapable of being bought back or paid off

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judicious

adj. having, showing, or done with good judgment or sense
"the efficient and judicious use of pesticides"

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multifaceted

adj. having many aspects or phases
"multifaceted problem"

having many facet (many sided usually of a cut gem)

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munificent

adj. larger or more generous than is usual or necessary
"a munificent gesture"

- of a person, very generous

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paradoxical

adj. seemingly absurd or self-contradictory
"by glorifying the acts of vilence they achieve the paradoxical effect of making them triival"

- having the nature of a paradox; seems self-contradictory but in reality possible truth

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pertinacious

adj. holding firmly to an opinion or a course of action; stubborn
"he worked with a pertinacious resistance to interruptions"

- extremely or objectionably persistent
"a pertinacious salesman from whom I could not escape"

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predisposition

to give an inclination or tendency to beforehand
"genetic factors may predispose human beings to certain metabolic disease"

to render subject, susceptible, or liable
"the evidence predisposes him to public censure"

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proponents

n. a person who puts forward a proposition or proposal

a person who argues in favor of something

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recapitulates

v. to review by a brief summary; summarize
"he began to recapitulate his argument with care"

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resolutely

adj. admirably purposeful, determined, and unswerving
"she was resolute and unswerving

- firmly resolved or determined; set in purpose

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taciturn

adj. inclined to silence; reserved in speech; reluctant to join in conversation

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tensile

adj. capable of being drawn out or stretched

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obdurate

adj. unmoved by persuasion, pity; stubborn

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ambivalent

adj. having mixed feelings or contradicotry ideas about something or someone
"some loved her, some hated her, few were ambivalent about her"

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insouciant

adj. showing a casual lack of concern; indifferent
"an insouciant shrug"

free from concern, worry, or anxiety; carefree

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implacable

adj. not to be appeased (bring to peace), mollified, or pacified

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coda

n. anything that serves as a concluding part

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denouement

n. final resolution of the intricacies of a plot

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encomium

n. formal expression of high praise

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panegyric

n. formal or elaborate praise

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essay

n. effort to perform or accomplish something; attempt

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rococo

n. style of architecture and decoration

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limpid

adj. clear, transparent, or pellucid, as water, crystal, or air
"we could see to the very bottom of the limpid pond"

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ostentatious

adj. characterized by or given to pretentious or conspicioius show in an attempt to impress others
"an ostentatious dresser"

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arabesque

n. ornamental design

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austere

adj. severe or strict in manner, attitude or appearance

He was an austere man, with a rigidly puritanical outlook

- having no comforts or luxuries
"conditions in the prison could hardly be more austere"

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abate

v. to decrease; reduce
v. become less intense
"the storm suddenly abated"

NASA announced that it would delay the launch of the manned spacecraft until the radiation from the solar flares abated.

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abdicate

v. to give up a position, right or power

The appeals judge has abdicated his responsibility to review the findings of the high court

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aberrant

adj. deviatting from what is normal

When a person's behavior becomes aberrant, his or her peers may become concerned that the individual is becoming a deviant

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abeyance

n. temporary suppression or suspension

A good judge must hold his or her judgment in abeyance until all the facts in a case have been presented

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abject

adj. miserable; pitiful

The novel protrays the abject poverty of many people during the depression

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abjure

v. to reject; abandon formally

For a foreigner to become US citizen, one must take an oath abjuring allegiance to any other country and pledging to take up arms to defent the US.

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abscission

n. the act of cutting; natural separation of a leaf or other part of a plant

Scientists thpothesized that premature leaf abscission is an adaptive plant response to herbivorous attack.

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abscond

v. to depart secretly

A warrant is out for the arrest of a person believed to have absconded with money

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abstemious

adj. moderate in appetite

Some researchers suggests that people with an abstemious lifestyle tend to live longer than people who indulge their appetites.

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abysmal

adj. very bad

The abysmal failure of the free market system in Russia has led some people to argue that the planned economy of the Soviet Union, while not perfect, was better suited to Russia;s history and cultrue than Western capitalism

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capitalism

an econimic and political system in which a contry's industry and trade are controlled by private owners rather than the government

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free market

demand and supply of good and services is either not regulated or slightly regulated

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accretion

n. growth in size or increase in amount

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accrue

v. to accumulate; grow by additions

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adamant

adj. uncompromisimg; unyielding

refusing to be persuaded or to change one's mind
"he is adamant that he is not going to resign"

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adjunct

n. something added, attached, or joined, supplementary rather than an essential part

"computer technology is an adjunct to learning"

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admonish

v. to caution or reprimand (rebuke)

The judge admonished the jury to discount testimony that had been ruled inadmissible

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adulterate

v. to corrupt or make impure

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affected

adj. pretentioius (attempting to impress), phony

It has been argued that the emphasis on so-called proper English leads to unnatural and affected speech

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affinity

n. fondness; liking; similarity

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A/AN

without, absence of, not

Atheist
agnostic = person who is doubtful about something
anemia = deficiency in part of blood
anachronism

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agnostic

person who is doubtful about something

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AB / ABS

from, away, off

abduct
aberrant = deviating away from the expected or normal course
abrade = wear away by friction; erode

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aberrant

deviating away from the expected or normal course

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abrade

wear away by friction; erode

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ACER / ACID / ACRI

harsh, bitter, sour

acrid = shart or bitter to the taste or smell; sharp in language or tone
acrimonious = bitter and sharp in language and tone
acerbate = annoy

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acrid

sharp or bitter to the taste or smell; shart in language

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exacerbate

increase bitterness; make worse

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ACT / AG

drive, do, lead, act, move

Active
actuate = put into motion; activate
agitation = act of causing to move with violent force

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ACU

sharp

acumen = keenness of judgment
acuminate = tapering to a point; make sharp; taper
aculeate= having a stinger; having sharp prickles
acuity = sharpness of perception or vision

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acumen

keenness of judgment; ability to make good judgment and quick decisions

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acuity

sharpness or keeness of thought, vision, or hearing

intellectual acuity
visual acuity

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accord

cause to agree; bring into harmony

the government and the rebels are in accord on one point

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acquiesce

consent quietly to something

v. accept something reluctantly (unwilling and hesitant) but without protest

Sara acquiescend in his decision

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advent

arrival or coming of a notable person, thing or event

the advent of television

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coeval

existing during same era

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longevity

long life; long duration

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AGOG

leader

pedagogue = teacher; dogmatic teacher

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dogmatic

inclined to lay down principles as incontrovertibly ture

he gives his opinion without trying to be dogmatic

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AGR

field

agribusiness
agriculture
agrarian = relating to farming or rural matters
agritourism
agronomy = application of science to farming

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ALI

another

alibi
alien = characteristic of another place or society; strange

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ALIM

support, nourish, cherish

aliment = something that nourishes
alimony= allowance for support to a divorced person by former chief provider
alible = nourishing
alimentary = concerned with nuttriition or food
alimentation = giving or receiving nourisment

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ALT

high, deep

exaltation = condition of being raised up in rank
altimeter = instrumen that measure elevation
altiplano = high plateau

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AM

love, liking

amiable = friendly; likeable
enamored= captivated
amicable = friendly
amity = friendship
amatory = inclined toward love

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amity

n. friendly relationship

international amity and goodwill

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amatory

adj. relating to or induced by sexual love or desire

his amatory exploits

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amble

v. walk or move at a slow pace

they ambled along the riverbank
he ambled into the foyer

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incorrigible

adj. not able to be corrected, imporved or reformed

she's an incorrigible flirt

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irrefutable

adj. impossible to deny or disprove

irrefutable evidence

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mutable

adj. liable to change

the mutable nature of fashion

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feasible

adj possible to do easily or conveniently

it is not feasible to put most findings from excavations on public display

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affable

adj. friendly, good-natured, or easy to talk to

an affable and agreeable cmpanion

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laudable

adj. (action, idea or goal) deserving praise and commedation

laudable though the aim might be, the results have been criticized

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reprehensible

adj. deserving rebuke or censure

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lax

not sufficiently strict, severe or careful

lax security arrangements at the airport
he'd been a bit lax about discipline in school lately

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culpable

adj. deserving blame

sometimes you're just as culpable when you watch something as when you actually participate