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abortive

(adj.) failing to accomplish an intended aim or purpose; only partially or imperfectly developed

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bruit

(v.) to spread news, reports, or unsubstantiated rumors

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contumelious

(adj.) insolent or rude in speech or behavior; insultingly abusive; humiliating
syn: insolent, vituperative, scurrilous

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dictum (pl: dicta)

(n.) a short saying; an authoritative statement
syn: aphorism, axiom

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ensconce

(v.) to settle comfortably and firmly in position; to put or hide in a safe place

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iconoclastic

(adj.) attacking or seeking to overthrow popular or traditional beliefs, ideas, or institutions
ant: orthodox

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in media res

(adv.) in or into the middle of a plot; into the middle of things
syn: inept, gauche
ant: dextrous, deft, tactful

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internecine

(adj.) mutually destructive; characterized by a great slaughter and bloodshed

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maladroit

(adj.) lacking skill or dexterity; lacking tact, perception or judgement

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maudlin

(adj.) excessively or effusively sentimental

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modulate

(v.) to change or vary the intensity or pitch; to temper or soften; to regulate, adjust

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portentous

(adj.) foreshadowing an event to come; causing wonder or awe self-consciously weighty, pompous
ant: auspicious

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prescience

(n.) knowledge of events or actions before they happen; foresight

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quid pro quo

(n.) something given in exchange or return for something else

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salubrious

(adj.) conducive to health or well-being; wholesome
ant: deleterious

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saturnalian

(adj.) characterized by riotous or unrestrained revelry or licentiousness

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touchstone

(n.) a means of testing worth or genuineness

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traumatic

(adj.) so shocking to the emotions as to cause lasting and substantial psychological damage

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vitiate

(v.) to weaken, debase, or corrupt; to impair the quality or value of

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waggish

(adj.) fond of making jokes; characteristic of a joker; playfully humorous or droll
syn: droll, jocular
ant: dour