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Pragmatic

'Prague men only care about doing what works' said Bond. Ask Vaclav Prokop Divis, a prague born inventor of the lightning rod.

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Facetious(face-tious) (one s)

Facetious- farce-sea-tious. Farce. Face-sea-tious.

Joking innapropriately, meant to be funny (face the tiois JaCK). The article is a facetious and witty commentary on urban crime and its effects on poor minorities.

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Scrupulous (3 U's)

Scrupulous scribes are Disciplined morally & Painstakingly exact.

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Ostensible

Synonym- outwardly

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Morose

Gloomy, moody

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*Caprice

A disposition to make sudden impulsive unmotivated change. His caprice and ego definee him.

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Sporadic

Occasional

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Precociousness

Smart for her age

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Tawdry

Gaudy and cheap

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Peevish

Irritated. I'd avoid the peevish librarian on the right if you wanted to ask for book suggestions.

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Manifold

Of many kinds

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Pliant

Yielding

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Retort

A quick reflexive cutting RESPONSE.

If libs were questioned on their beliefs their first retort would be 'you're racist'.

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Obstinate

Ox

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Omnipotent

Potent = powerful
Omni- without limits

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Renaissance

Revival in art or learning, europe 14-17 century period

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Warrant

Authorization, sanction

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Cantankerous

Contentious, irritable, disagreeable/difficult to handle. Our boss is always in a cantankerous mood before his morning coffee, after which he is pleasant and genial. The chemical is in a very cantankerous state, beware!

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Flippant

Showing inappropriate levity (casualness). When you make a sarcastic comment in response to a serious question, or give a 'stupid' answer when asked to tell the group 'how you feel.' Cavalier. Not being serious with a serious issue!

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Wry

A sarcastic or mocking sense of humor. Distorted or perverse. Ex: when general patton asked a soldier if the german shells would hurt their tanks, the young soldier replied 'no sir, they go right through.'

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*Urbane

Notably polite, polished, suave, sophisticated in manner. He maintained an urbane tone in his letters. Urbane professional.

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*Prudent

A prude is someone who is too disciplined and judges others, to act prudently is to show WISE disciplined judgement in practical ways.

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Fallacy

A major falsehood. false notion. Falsehood committed intentionally to deceive. The fallacy in his words is almost self-evident.

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Taut

Stretched tight

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Bluenose

Someone who advocates a rigorous moral code.

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Moralist

A possible bluenoser but tries to impose his beliefs on others.

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Puritan

Someone who practices & preaches stricter moral rules than the norm. Was a section of protestants from new england in 16th 17th century, who opposed the roman catholic church. See bluenose or prude.

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Syllogism

A formal argument in which two truthful statements/premises are made (one major and one minor truth) followed with a perhaps shaky conclusion deduced from both.

Firm of Deductive reasoning. Reasoning from general to the specific.

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Antecedent

Foreparents. Ancestors. Those that cane before you. The first of kind.

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Sanction

Official permission or approval

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Levity

Light-heartedness. Frivolous. 'Older people should not show levity in character. They should be grave and stayed. How dare they'.

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Staid

Serious and sober (and everything a staid person may be called: reserved, boring).