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Didacticism

Intended to teach

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Fastidiousness

Excessively particular, critical, or demanding; hard to please

 

e.g. We should not burden our clients with what may be merely an outsider's fussy fastidiousness .

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Iconoclasm

Attacking established principles

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Reverence

Deep respect toward

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Disseminate

To spread wildly

 

e.g. The goal of a university is to produce and disseminate knowledge.

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Exacting

Rigid or severe demands

 

e.g. He was known as a demanding and exacting newsman and anchor.

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Copious

Abundant in supply or quantity

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Diffidence

Lack of self-confidence

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Illiberality

Not liberal with money

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Belies

to show to be false; contradict

 

e.g. But such simplicity belies  a truth about the restaurant's cooking.

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Frivolity

Not serious or sensible

 

e.g. Interviews are expected to have a small amount of frivolity .

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Austerity

Severity of manner

 

e.g. The paleness of his countenance bespoke the austerity  of his life.

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Intractable

not easily controlled or directed; not docile or manageable; stubborn;

 

e.g. They are in fact powerful tools that can help people change bad behavior   patterns, even those that seem intractable .

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Prolixity

Boring verbosity

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Impetuous

Done quickly without care

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Prodigality

Spending extravagantly

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Taciturn

Reserved in communication

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Pellucid

Clear in style or meaning

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Rumination

to meditate or muse; ponder.

 

e.g. Alas, the ocean's edge is not the place for such a rumination .

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Attainment

Action of achieving goal

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Prosaic

Commonplace

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Hackneyed

Lack of significance through overusing

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Idiosyncrasies

Mode of behaviour peculiar to an individual

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Anachronistic

Chronologically misplaced

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Exotic

Characteristic of a distant and foreign country

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Stigmatization

Regard worthy of disgrace or great diapproval

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Marginalization

Treat as insignificant or peripheral

 

e.g. Until then, a third party candidate will have to choose between offering what   the voters want and marginalization .

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Caprice

A sudden change in mood or behaviour

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Demur

Raise doubts or objection

 

e.g. There was no reason for demur ; there was no law against it.

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Syntactical

According to syntax (a set of rules)

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Sartorial

Relating to tailoring, styles or dress

 

e.g. They even share a sartorial  tie: the devout in both faiths wear special   undergarments.

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Frivolous

Not having serious purpose or value; Carefree or not serious

 

e.g. To deny it is to see in art only something frivolous  and insincere.

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Panache

Flamboyant confidence of style

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Gawkiness

Inelegant movement of posture

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Quixotic

Exceedingly idealistic; unpractical and unrealistic

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Flout

Openly disregard a convention

 

e.g. to flout the rules of propriety.

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Brandish

Wave something as a threat/anger/excitement

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Attenuation

Weakening in force or intensity

 

e.g. In retrospect, its small pages and large type seem indicative of the attenuation  of the story itself.

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Innocuous

Not harmful or offensive

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Trite

Overused; lacking originality or freshness

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Disparate

Essentially different; no base for comparison

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Lurid

Very vivid in colour

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Deferential

Showing respect

 

e.g. As a judge, he was too deferential  to the government.

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Lax

Not sufficiently strict or severe

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Obsequious

Obedient to an excessive degree

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Disapprobation

Strong diapproval

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Profligate

Recklessly extravagant or wasteful of resources

 

e.g. The writer so wary of self-indulgence was profligate  with ink and paper.

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Tendentiousness

An intentional and controversial bias

 

e.g. a tendentious novel.

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Fractiousness

Prone to disobedience; lack of dicipline

 

e.g. a fractious animal that would not submit to the harness.

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Antithetical

Directly opposed; mutually incompatible

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Immutable

Unchanging over time

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Misnomer

A wrong or inaccurate use of a name

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Profundity

Deep insight; great depth of knowledge or thought

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Inimical

Tending to obstruct or harm; unfriendly; hostile

 

e.g. Participation is also a necessary component, as apathy and abstention are inimical  to democracy.

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Malignant

Very virulent or infectious

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Recapitulates

To review by a brief summary; to sum up statements

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Repudiates

To reject; to cast off or disown

 

e.g. It strikes me as odd that he attributes his success to what he learned in this college, but he repudiates  the culture.

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Facetious

Not meant to be taken seriously or literally; humorous

 

e.g. It's a facetious  point, but it's also a serious one.

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Patent

To originate and establish as one's own

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Pervasive

Spread throughout

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Anoint

To smear with liquid; dedicated to the service of god

 

e.g. As leaders, they have involved the government and industry and look to the government to anoint  the final set of standards.

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Vexation

State of being annoyed; irritated

 

e.g. vexation at missing the bus.

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Ubiquitous

Existing everywhere at the same time; omnipresent

 

e.g. Corruption is ubiquitous , and the government has been accused of   authoritarianism.

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Irresolute

Doubtful; infirm of purpose

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Laconic

Using a few words; concise

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Munificent

Extremely liberal in giving; very generous

 

e.g. The rewards were immediate and munificent .

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Mendacity

Untruthfulness; tendency to lie

 

e.g. Miller said, people could smell the corporate mendacity  in the air.

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Prevarication

The act of lying; deliberately misleading

 

e.g. His press conference in the spring featured more prevarication  than it did   truth telling.

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Doctrinaire

Fanatical; mainly theoretical; impractical

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Debased

To reduce in quality or value

 

e.g. News literacy won't change a debased  media culture overnight.

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Normative

Pertaining to a norm (a standard correctness)

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Goosebumps

Skin erection due to fear

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Pedestrian

Commonplace; lacking in imagination; dull

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Jettison

To throw off as an obstacle or burden; discard

 

e.g. And you have to learn to accept that critique, incorporate the good and   jettison  the bad.

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Distill

Process of purification

 

e.g. The idea is to take the essence of what they do, and distill  it to the   hardcore, and work with that.

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Modish

In current fashion; stylish

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Sanguine

Cheerfully optimistic; hopeful; confident

 

e.g. Experience on a former occasion teaches us not to be too sanguine  in such hopes.

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Equivocal

Susceptible to double interpretation

 

e.g. There is nothing equivocal  about her belief.

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Pernicious

Causing insidious harm or ruin; ruinous; injurious

 

e.g. He resists any suggestion that his gambling addiction might be pernicious .

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Discomfiting

To confuse and deject; disconcert

 

 e.g. to be discomfited by a question

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Expedient

Tending to promote some proposed or desired object; conducive to advantage or interest, as opposed to right.

 

e.g. He saw the light when it became politically expedient .

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Imminent

Likely to occur at any moment; impending

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Remedial

To correct one's skill in a specified field

 

e.g. Whoever wrote that should be forced to take remedial  reading.

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Injudicious

Showing lack of judgment; unwise

 

e.g. He becomes a sly thing of dark suspicions and fatally injudicious  moves.

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Calumnious

of, involving, or using calumny; slanderous; defamatory.

 

e.g. Virtue itself scapes not calumnious strokes.

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Inveigling

To entice, lure by flattery or artful talk

 

e.g. to inveigle customers into spending more

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Timorous

Full of fear; fearful

 

e.g. The noise made them timorous.

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Dispense

To deal out; distribute

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Innocuous

Not harmful or injurious; harmless

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Startling

Creating sudden alarm, surprise, or wonder