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apostate

(n.) one who forsakes his or her religion, party, or cause

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bravado

(n.) a display of false or assumed courage

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consensus

(n.) a collective or general agreement of opinion, feeling, or thinking

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constrict

(v.) to make smaller or narrower, draw together, squeeze; to stop or cause to falter

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dichotomy

(n.) a division into two contradictory or mutually exclusive parts; a branching or forking in an ancestral life

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effusive

(adj.) highly demonstrative; unrestrained

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euphoria

(n.) a feeling of great happiness or well-being, often with no objective basis
ant: melancholy

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gothic

(adj.) characterized by or emphasizing a gloomy setting and grotesque or violent events; such a literary or artistic style; a type of medieval architecture

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impasse

(n.) a dead end; a position from which there is no escape; a problem to which there is no solution

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lugubrious

(adj.) sad, mournful, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree
syn: doleful, dolorous

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metamorphosis

(n.) a complete transformation, as if by magic

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mystique

(n.) an aura or attitude of mystery or veneration surrounding something or someone

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non sequitur

(n.) an inference or conclusion that does not follow logically from the facts or premises

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parlous

(adj.) full of danger, perilous

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punctilio

(n.) a minute detail of conduct or procedure; an instant of time

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quagmire

(n.) soft, soggy mud or slush; a difficult or entrapping situation
syn: morass
ant: terra firma

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quixotic

(adj.) extravagantly or romantically idealistic; visionary without regard to practical considerations
ant: pragmatic

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raconteur

(n.) a person who tells stories and anecdotes with great skill

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sine qua non

(n.) an essential or indispensable element or condition

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vendetta

(n.) a prolonged feud, often between two families, characterized by retaliatory acts of revenge; any act motivated by vengeance