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Propriety

N. conformity to established standards of good or proper behaviour or manners.

- my dear you would do well to observe the proprieties of the Senate

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Scruple

N. (usu. scruples) a feeling of doubt or hesitation with regard to the morality or propriety of a course of action:

- I had no scruples about eavesdropping 

- He has no scruples about his heinous past.

 

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Nascent

Adj. beginning to exist or develop:

- Rwanda's nascent political parties 

- Nascent Agean culture

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Temerity

N. Reckless boldness, rashness; audacity:

- He had the temerity to enter my office

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Machiavellian

Adj. characterized by subtle or unscrupulous cunning, deception, expediency, or dishonesty:

- He resorted to Machiavellian tactics in order to get ahead.

- What do you think this is, some kind of Machiavallian plot? 

 

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Brinkmanship

N. The technique or practice of maneuvering a dangerous situation to 

the limits of tolerance or safety in order to secure the 

greatestadvantage, especially by creating diplomatic crises.

- A prime example of brinkmanship during the Cold War was the Cuban Missile Crisis

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Palatable

Adj. Acceptable or agreeable to the palate or taste:

- A very palatable local red wine 

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Latent

Adj. (of a quality or state) existing but not yet developed or manifest; hidden or concealed:

- A latent ability 

- (of K Rudd) there is a latent power there, which is influential

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Indefatigable

Adj. Incapable of being tired out; not yielding to fatigue; untiring.

- Abbott's indefatigable questioning of the government's "legitimacy"

- An indefatigable cheerleader that literally bounced up and down betweentakes.

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Prescient

Adj. Having prescience, or knowledge of things or events before 

they exist or happen; having foresight:

- As Steve Bracks presciently noted

- The prescient economist was one of the few to see the financial collapse coming

- In a prescient op-ed in 2004

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Modus operandi

N. mode of operating or working:

- inciting fear in the community is the modus oprandi of the ruling class 

- every killer has his own special modus operandi 

- the modus operandi is completely wrong

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Facile

Adj. Ignoring the true complexities of an issue; superficial:

- facile generalizations.

- we must be careful not to indulge in facile ethnic, racial or religious “profiling.”

• (of a person) having a superficial or simplistic knowledge or approach:

- a man of facile and shallow intellect.

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Hegemony

N. leadership or dominance, especially by one state or social group over others:

- Germany was united under Prussian hegemony after 1871.

- War best represents the continued hegemony of male thinking

- American hegemony over the world

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Paucity

N. smallness of quantity; scarcity; scantiness:

- a country with a paucity of resources 

- a speech highlighting the paucity of political leadership in the country

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Inflection

1 Grammar a change in the form of a word (typically the ending) to express a grammatical function or attribute such as tense, mood, person, number, case, and gender.

- a set of word forms differing only in respect of inflections.

2 [ mass noun ] the modulation of intonation or pitch in the voice:

- she spoke slowly and without inflection

 

 

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Repudiate

1 refuse to accept; reject:

- she has repudiated policies associated with previous party leaders.

2 deny the truth or validity of:

- the minister repudiated allegations of human rights abuses.

 

 

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Seminal

1 strongly influencing later developments:

- his seminal work on chaos theory

- a seminal artist; seminal ideas.

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Vitriol

N. bitter criticism or malice:

- Instead of letting Abbott spout out lies and vitriol, 

here's what themedia should be asking.

- her mother's sudden gush of fury and vitriol.

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Pathogenic

Adj. Capable of causing disease

- pathogenic bacteria

- a pathogene

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Indigence

N. a state of extreme poverty; destitution:

- he did valuable work towards the relief of indigence

- There are many people on the verge of indigence.

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