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Arcane

Adj. Understood by few, mysterious or secret; esoteric:

- Arcane procedures for electing people

- Arcane rituals practised by the Masonic fraternity

- Arcane economic theories 

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Gesalt

N. An organized whole that is perceived as more than the sum of its parts:

- Every voice in the book is a unique perspective, but together they are the gestalt of Zappos

- Several data sources were used to grasp the gestalt of symbolic-experiential therapy

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Posterity

N. All future generations of people:

- The victims' names are recorded for posterity

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Heresy 

N. Belief or opinion contrary to orthodox religious (especially Christian) doctrine:

- Such practices were heresy in the industry

- If one speaks against the commonly held view that global warming is anthropogenic he is deemed a heretic

- men holding heretical opinions were condemned to the stake, women to be buried alive.
 

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Quixotic

Adj. extremely idealistic, unrealistic and impractical, idealistic without regard to practicality:

- a vast and perhaps quixotic project

- An example of quixotic is a young man in love behaving foolishly or wildly

- At worst his scruples must have been quixotic, not malicious
 

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Iconoclast

N. A person who attacks or criticizes cherished beliefs or institutions:

- She is an iconoclast, called to shatter the myth of restaurants she feels are too popular

- Many of Thomas Hardy's works were considered iconoclastic in his days.
 

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Unconscionable

Adj. not right or reasonable:

- The bombing of Hiroshima was unconscionable  

- Punching her in the face was deemed completely unconscionable by his peers 

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Fiduciary

[Law] Adj. Involving trust, especially with regard to the relationship between a trustee and a beneficiary:

- The company had a fiduciary duty to the shareholders

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Countenance

Mass N. Support or approval:

- Reluctant to countenance the use of force

- Some political factions within the Republican Party will not countenance any tax increase at all

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Sacrosanct

Adj. (especially of a principle, place, or routine) regarded as too important or valuable to be interfered with:

- The individual's right to work has been upheld as sacrosanct

- A sacrosanct chamber in the temple

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Intractable

Adj. Hard to control or deal with; not docile or easy to deal with:

- Intractable economic problems

- He has an inractable disposition

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Hubris

Mass N. Excessive pride or self-confidence:

- The self-assured hubris among economists was shaken in the late 1980's

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Diminution

N. A reduction in size, extent, or importance of something (diminishing):

- A permanent diminution in value

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Pschent

N. The double crown worn by ancient Egyptian kings, symbolic of dominion over Upper and Lower Egypt, which had previously been seperate kingdoms. Pronounced 'skent'

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Bifurcation

Mass N. the division of something into two branches or parts:

- a bifurcation between business and social enterprises that must be addressed

- A bifurcation in the history of Christianity 

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Gambit 

N. Any maneuver by which one seeks to gain advantage:

- his resignation was a tactical gambit

- the CPI gambit is not playing out so well for Obama

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Surreptitious

Adj. obtained, done, made, etc., by stealth; secret or unauthorized; clandestine:

- ...which was feeding the not-so-surreptitious military buildup 

- A surreptitious relationship / glance

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Perennial

Adj. lasting or existing for a long or apparently infinite time; enduring or continually recurring: 

- Rwanda's perennial dilemmas

- Her perennial beauty

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Intransigent

Adj. refusing to agree or compromise; uncompromising; inflexible.

- Tony Abbott is the living embodiment of intrasigence

- Republicans can be so intransigent 

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Vociferous

Adj. expressing or characterized by vehement opinions:

- He is one of the most vociferous advocates of human rights

- particularly among his most vociferous supporters on the left

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