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1

Hidebound

Narrow or rigid in opinion, inflexible; oriented toward or confined to the past; extremely conservative

He was hidebound by outdated notions of chivalry

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Hirsute

Hairy, shaggy

My hirsute dog sheds life-size replicas of himself and still has more hair left over

3

Homily

A sermon or morally instructive lecture, a platitude

Spare me the homilies; I already know why I should do the right thing

4

Homogeneous

Same throughout

The town had so little influx of new people and ideas that it's population seemed homogenous

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Hortatory

Urging to some course of conduct or action; encouraging

The dean's hortatory commencement speech encouraged all graduates to seek their own true path

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Hubris

Arrogant presumption or pride

Icarus was destroyed by the sun god, who melted the wax in Icarus's wings as punishment for his hubris in daring to fly so close to the sun

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Hyperbole

An exaggerated statement, often used as a figure of speech

I should have realized she was using hyperbole when she promised me the moon and stars; that way I wouldn't have been disappointed when I only got the moon

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Iconoclast

One who attacks or undermines traditional conventions or institutions

In a sense, all great innovators are iconoclasts who challenge the prevailing assumptions of the day

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Idolatrious

Given to intense or excessive devotion to something

Jim's family realized his love of football was truly idolatrous when they discovered the Raiders shrine in his closet

10

Idyll

A carefree, lighthearted pastoral or romantic episode or experience, a literary or musical piece describing such

The smell of the ocean always made me nostalgic for our summer idyll on the coast two years ago

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Ignominious

Shameful, dishonorable, ignoble, undignified, disgraceful

It was an ignominious, though deserved, end to all his boasting when the wheels fell off his car halfway through the race

*ignominy is dishonor or humiliation

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Illiberality

Quality of being narrow-minded, bigoted

Her Illiberality against all those poorer than her became apparent when she berated the cleaning staff

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Imbroglio

Difficult or embarrassing situation

Clare tried to extricate herself from the imbroglio she started at the party by sneaking out the back door

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Imminent

About to happen; impending

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Immutable

Not capable of change

Her position in the matter was immutable; no reasoning could convince her

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Impassive

Revealing no emotion or sensibility

The guards at buckingham palace are required to be completely impassive; they can't show any emotion whatsoever

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Heterodox

Unorthodox, heretical, iconoclastic

Einstein's heterodox theories changed our fundamental understanding of time and space forever