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Abject

(adj.) Utterly hopeless, miserable, humiliating, or wretched: abject poverty. Contemptible; despicable; base-spirited: an abject coward. Shamelessly servile; slavish.

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Sophistry

(n.) A subtle, tricky, superficially plausible, but generally fallacious method of reasoning. A false argument; sophism.

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Myopic

(adj.) Unable or unwilling to act prudently; shortsighted. Lacking tolerance or understanding; narrow-minded.

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Venerate

(v.) To regard or treat with reverence; revere.

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Quixoitic

(adj.) Resembling or befitting Don Quixote. Extravagantly chivalrous or romantic; visionary, impractical, or impracticable. Impulsive and often rashly unpredictable.

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Garrulous

(adj.): Excessively talkative in a rambling, roundabout manner, especially about trivial matters. Wordy or diffuse. (Noun form = Garrulity. Synonyms = verbose, voluble, loquacious; antonyms = laconic, taciturn, reticent.

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Emulate

(v.) To try to equal or excel; imitate with effort to equal or surpass: to emulate one's father as a concert violinist. To rival with some degree of success: Some smaller cities now emulate the major capitals in their cultural offerings.

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Expiate

(v.) To atone for; make amends or reparation for: to expiate one's crimes.

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Preclude

(v.) To prevent, make possible, exclude or shut off all possibility of something happening.

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Rescind

(v.) To cancel, take back, take away, remove; to render void, annul, repeal.

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Obfuscate

(v.) To make obscure, cloud over, darken, make unclear or indistinct

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Cull

(v.) To pick out, select from various sources, gather, collect. (A verb close in meaning to “cull” is “gleen.”)

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Salient

(adj.) Conspicious, noticeable, prominent; sticking or jutting out.

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Corroborate

(v.) To confirm, support, make more certain or believable: Six witnesses corroborated the victim’s account of the crime. (adj.) Confirmed.

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Pensive

(adj.) Thoughtful, absorbed in thought, especially in a deep, dreamy, or melancholy way. (Synonyms = reflective, meditative, wistful and contemplative.)