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Idealist

noun
1 a person who is guided more by ideals than by practical considerations: he came to power with the reputation of a left-wing idealist.
2 Philosophy a person who believes in the theory of idealism.

2

ignominiously

deserving or causing public disgrace or shame

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impale

pierce or transfix with a sharp instrument: his head was impaled on a pike and exhibited for all to see.

Heraldry display (a coat of arms) side by side with another on the same shield, separated by a vertical line: (as adj. impaled) : the impaled arms of her husband and her father.

Heraldry display (a coat of arms) side by side with another on the same shield, separated by a vertical line: (as adj. impaled) : the impaled arms of her husband and her father.

4

impasse

a situation in which no progress is possible, esp. because of disagreement; a deadlock: the current political impasse.

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impassive

not feeling or showing emotion: impassive passersby ignore the performers.

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impeccable

(of behavior, performance, or appearance) in accordance with the highest standards of propriety; faultless: a man of impeccable character.
• Theology, rare not liable to sin.

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imperil

put at risk of being harmed, injured, or destroyed: white-band disease imperils coral reefs.

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imperious

assuming power or authority without justification; arrogant and domineering: his imperious demands.

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impertinent

1 not showing proper respect; rude: an impertinent question.
2 formal not pertinent to a particular matter; irrelevant: talk of “rhetoric” and “strategy” is impertinent to this process.

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impinge

have an effect or impact, esp. a negative one: Nora was determined that the tragedy would impinge as little as possible on Constance's life.
• advance over an area belonging to someone or something else; encroach: the site impinges on a greenbelt area.
• (impinge on/upon) Physics strike: the gases impinge on the surface of the liquid.

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implode

1 collapse or cause to collapse violently inward: [ no obj. ] : the windows on both sides of the room had imploded | [ with obj. ] : these forces would implode the pellet to a density 100 times higher than that of lead.
2 [ with obj. ] Phonetics utter or pronounce (a consonant) with a sharp intake of air.

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impoverished

make (a person or area) poor: they discourage investment and impoverish their people | (as adj. impoverished) : impoverished peasant farmers.
• exhaust the strength, vitality, or natural fertility of: the soil was impoverished by annual burning | (as adj. impoverished) figurative : an impoverished and debased language.

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in concert

in concert 1 acting jointly: he made his decision in concert with his son and son-in-law. 2 (of music or a performer) giving a public performance; live: they saw Pink Floyd in concert.

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in extremis

in an extremely difficult situation: they suddenly find themselves in extremis 20 miles out to sea.
• at the point of death.

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incantation

a series of words said as a magic spell or charm: an incantation to raise the dead.
• the use of such words: there was no magic in such incantation | incantations of old slogans.

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incarnation

1 a person who embodies in the flesh a deity, spirit, or abstract quality: Rama was Vishnu's incarnation on earth.


2 (with reference to reincarnation) one of a series of lifetimes that a person spends on earth: in my next incarnation, I'd like to be the Secretary of Fun.

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inception

the establishment or starting point of an institution or activity: she has been on the board since its inception two years ago.

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incisive

adjective
(of a person or mental process) intelligently analytical and clear-thinking: she was an incisive critic.


(of an account) accurate and sharply focused: the songs offer incisive pictures of American ways.

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incoherent

unclear

illogical

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incorrigible

adjective
(of a person or their tendencies) not able to be corrected, improved, or reformed: she's an incorrigible flirt.


noun
a person of this type.