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incredulous

unwilling to admit or accept what is offered as true

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insipid

lacking vigor or interest

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adroit

clever or skillful in using the hands or mind

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rufous

reddish brown in color

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perfidy

deceitfulness; untrustworthiness

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fulsome

of large size or quantity; flattering to an excessive degree

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panoply

A complete or impressive collection of things

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voluble

talkative; fluent

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insolent

a rude and arrogant lack of respect

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circumambulating

walk all the way around something especially ritualistically

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inimical

hostile; likely to cause damage or have a bad effect

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torpur

a state of physical or mental inactivity; lethargy

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foment

to incite or cause troublesome acts

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didactic

intended to teach, but in an annoying or unwanted way; having moral instruction as an ulterior motive

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didactic

intended to teach, but in an annoying or unwanted way, having moral instruction as an ulterior motive

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inapt

not appropriate in the circumstances; not apt

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parse

analyze critically; examine in a minute way

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ambivalent

having simultaneous, conflicting feelings towards something

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tacit

understood or implied without being stated

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fealty

intense fidelity; e.g. feudal tenant to his lord

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nexus

a means of connection; a tie or link

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austere

stern and cold; morally strict; simple or plain

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gravitas

a very serious quality or manner

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abase

to lower in rank, office, or reputation; to humble or degrade.

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quiescent

in a state of inactivity or dormancy

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mendacity

untruthfulness

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soliloquy

an act of speaking one's thoughts aloud when by oneself, especially by a character in a play

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erudition

having and showing great knowledge or scholarship

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nihilistic

Philosophy: The doctrine that nothing actually exists or that existence or values are meaningless.

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pernicious

having a harmful effect, especially in a gradual or subtle way

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assuage

make (an unpleasant feeling) less intense; satisfy a desire

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demagogue

a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than rational argument

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forbearance

refraining from something; self-control

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Fascism

A political philosophy that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.

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obsequious

obedient or attentive to an excessive degree

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anachronism

something or someone that is not in its correct historical or chronological time, especially a thing or person that belongs to an earlier time

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abdication

failure to fulfill a responsibility or duty; discard; to relinquish formally (high office, throne, etc.)

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seminal

creative, original

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belie

To give a false impression; disguise or contradict

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internecine

destructive to both sides in a conflict

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glib

nonchalant; insincere; offhand

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homophily

The tendency for associating and bonding with similar people; “Birds of a feather...”

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iconoclastic

Characterized by attacks on cherished beliefs or institutions

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apotheosis

The highest point in the development of something; peak

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visceral

relating to deep inward feelings rather than to the intellect

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vitriol

cruel and bitter criticism

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inexorable

impossible to stop or prevent; impossible to persuade

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subjugation

The action of bringing someone or something under domination or control

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interlocutor

a person who takes part in a dialogue or conversation

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demur

raise doubts or objections or show reluctance

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credulous

having or showing too great a readiness to believe things.

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compunction

a feeling of guilt that prevents or follows the doing of something bad.