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Vocabulary - Unit5 Definitions

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Agnostic
One who holds that the existence of God is unknown and unknowable; one who asserts that all claims to knowledge are uncertain.
Anathema
A person or thing accursed or consigned to damnation; a formal ecclesiastical curse or ban.

A person or thing greatly detested.

A curse or imprecation generally.
Caustic
Capable of burning, corroding, or destroying tissue by chemical action.

Cutting or sarcastic in utterance.
Criterion
A test or standard by which something is judged.
Deleterious
Physically or morally harmful.
Demagogue
A leader who appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace in order to obtain power.
Epithet
A name or title used to describe or characterize a person or thing.
Idiosyncrasy
A temperament peculiar to an individual; any person peculiarity or mannerism.
Panace
A supposed remedy for all diseases or ills.
Plethora
Excess; superabundance.
Pseudonym
A fictitious name, as one assumed by an author.
Sporadic
Occurring in occasional or isolated instances.

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