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adumbrate

(v.) to outline or sketch broadly; to foreshadow or prefigure; to disclose partially

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apotheosis

(n.) the elevation of a person to a divine rank or status; the glorification of a person as an ideal; a glorified ideal

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ascetic

(adj.) practicing strict self-denial for the sake of personal or spiritual discipline; (n.) one who leads a life of self-discipline, especially to express religious devotion

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bauble

(n.) a small, showy ornament of little value or use

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beguile

(v.) to mislead or deceive; to cheat; to divert; to cause to vanish unnoticed

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burgeon

(v.) to put forth new buds, leaves, or greenery; to develop rapidly or suddenly

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complement

(n.) something that completes a whole; the quantity or number needed to make up a whole; the full number or allowance; (v.) to complete

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contumacious

(adj.) obstinately or willfully disobedient; openly rebellious

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curmedgeon

(n.) an irascible, churlish person

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didactic

(adj.) intended to instruct, especially morally; inclined to moralize too much

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disingenous

(adj.) lacking in sincerity or candor

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exculpate

(v.) to clear of guilt or blame

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faux pas

(n.) a slip in manners or conduct; a social blunder

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fulminate

(v.) to denounce or condemn vehemently; to explode, detonate

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fustian

(n.) inflated or pretentious language in speech or writing; a cloth made of cotton and flax

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hauteur

(n.) haughtiness of bearing or attitude

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inhibit

(v.) to restrain or hold back; to hinder or arrest; to prohibit

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jeremiad

(n.) an elaborate or prolonged lamentation; any tale of woe

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opportunist

(n.) one who makes a practice of taking advantage of circumstances to further his or her own self-interest, regardless of principles or ultimate consequences

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unconscionable

(adj.) not guided or restrained by conscience, prudence, or reason; unscrupulous; immoderate