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portentous

done in a pompously or overly solemnly manner, so as to impress

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redolent

causing thoughts or memories of something; having a strong smell; full of a fragrance or odor

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dilatory

slow to act; intended to cause delay

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febrile

marked or caused by fever

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sophistry

The use of false arguments with the intention to decieve

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moribund

Approaching death; almost obsolete; nearing an end

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trope

A figure of speech; a word or phrase used in a new and different way to create artistic effect

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pariah

An outcast; one that is despised or rejected

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obviate

To make something no longer necessary; to prevent or avoid something

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allegory

A symbolic representation; a story in which characters and events are symbols that stand for ideas about human life

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recalcitrant

resisting authority or control; not obedient or compliant; hard to deal with, manage, or operate.

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refractory

resisting control or authority; unresponsive to stimulus

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recalcitrant

resisting authority or control; not obedient or compliant; hard to deal with, manage, or operate.

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refractory

resisting control or authority; unresponsive to stimulus

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efficacy

The ability to produce a desired effect or intended result.

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sycophant

a servile self-seeking flatterer

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taciturn

reserved or uncommunicative in speech; saying little

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pedantic

too concerned with unimportant details or traditional rules, especially in connection with academic subjects.

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epistemology

The study of knowledge, with reference to its limits

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acquiesce

Accept something reluctantly, but with no protest

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sentient

Able to feel or perceive things.

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capricious

given to sudden and unaccountable changes of mood or behavior

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savant

a person of learning; especially one with detailed knowledge in some specialized field (as of science or literature)

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ascribe

attribute something to (a cause)

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amorphous

Vague, ill-organized, unclassifiable; Lacking a definite form

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ad hoc

Latin: “for this”; formed, arranged, or done for a particular purpose only

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salient

Most notable and important; prominent and conspicuous.

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fraught

full of; causing or characterized by emotional distress or tension

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nadir

the lowest point in the fortunes of a person or organization

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epithet

A characterizing word or phrase accompanying or occurring in place of the name of a person or thing;
a disparaging or abusive word or phrase

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eschew

To deliberately avoid using; to abstain

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dichotomy

a division or contrast between two things that are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different.

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abject

sunk to or existing in a low state or condition; very bad or severe

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equanimity

calm emotions when dealing with problems or pressures

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nexus

a means of connection; tie; link;
a connected series or group.

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perfunctory

characterized by routine or superficiality; lacking in interest or enthusiasm

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elucidate

make something clear; explain

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salacious

arousing or appealing to sexual desire; lecherous; lustful

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decorous

marked by propriety and good taste; polite and restrained

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enigma

a person or thing that is mysterious, puzzling, or difficult to understand.

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hubris

excessive pride or self-confidence

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invidious

likely to arouse or incur resentment or anger in others

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nodal

denoting a point in a network or diagram at which lines or pathways intersect or branch.

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inchoate

just begun so as not fully developed; rudimentary

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miscegenation

a mixture of races for marriage or cohabitation; sexual intercourse between a white person and a member of another race

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banal

so lacking in originality as to be obvious and boring.

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specious

superficially plausible, but actually wrong

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eclectic

deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources

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erudite

having or showing great knowledge or learning

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abeyance

a state of temporary disuse or suspension

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pedant

one who makes a show of knowledge; one who is unimaginative or who unduly emphasizes minutiae

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galvanize

to startle into sudden activity

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malodorous

smelling very unpleasant

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aphorism

a pithy observation that contains a general truth

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quixotic

foolishly impractical while being idealistic

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urbane

suave, courteous, and refined in manner

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sclerotic

becoming rigid and unresponsive; losing the ability to adapt