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Sounding like a real academic

Words I pick up that will be useful in future academic papers, or just to sound poncy and annoying.

Terms

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ennui
Listlessness and dissatisfaction resulting from lack of interest; boredom
magnanimous
Generous in treating or judging others
laconic
Using few words; expressing much in few words; concise
surreptitious
obtained, done, made, etc., by stealth; secret or unauthorized; clandestine
rubric
A short commentary or explanation covering a broad subject. A class, or rule.
exposition
Introductory scene-setting.
exegesis
Critical explanation or analysis, especially of a text.
distal
Situated farthest from point of attachment or origin
proscribe
To denounce or condemn.
antipattern
classes of commonly-reinvented bad solutions to problems.
tomograph
techniques for making detailed x-rays of a predetermined plane section of a solid object while blurring out the images of other planes.
obsequiously
Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.
pusillanimous
Lacking courage; cowardly.
glasnost
Candour with regard to discussion of social problems and shortcomings.
garrulous
Given to excessive and often trivial or rambling talk; tiresomely talkative.
ebullience
Zestful enthusiasm.
tendentious
Marked by a strong implicit point of view; partisan
semiotic
Of or relating to semantics.
gregarious
living in flocks or herds, as animals. Sociable.
florid
Very ornate; flowery
boondoggle
work of little or no value done merely to keep or look busy.
palliate
to relieve or lessen without curing; mitigate; alleviate.
gadfly
a person who persistently annoys or provokes others with criticism, schemes, ideas, demands, requests, etc.
quixotic
not sensible about practical matters; unrealistic;
capricious
subject to, led by, or indicative of caprice or whim; erratic
ethnography
The branch of anthropology that deals with the scientific description of specific human cultures.
aphorism
a terse saying embodying a general truth, or astute observation
assiduous
Constant in application or attention; diligent
obsequious
Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.
ersatz
Being an imitation or a substitute, usually an inferior one; artificial
evenescense
The act or state of vanishing away; disappearance
schadenfreude
satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else's misfortune.
pathological
Used of a data set that is grossly atypical of normal expected input. An unlikely collection of circumstances
amortise
to write off a cost of (an asset) gradually.
atavistic
The return of a trait or recurrence of previous behavior after a period of absence.
sedition
Conduct or language inciting rebellion against the authority of a state.
ambivalence
The coexistence of opposing attitudes or feelings. Not being sure about which course of action to take.
erudition
knowledge acquired by study, research, etc.
taciturn
habitually reserved and uncommunicative
exegesis
exposition; explanation; especially, a critical explanation of a text
demur
take exception to
sophistry
seemingly plausible but fallacious reasoning; sophism
aspersion
an abusive attack on a person's character or good name
verisimilitude
the appearance of truth
epistemic
of or relating to epistemology
tendentious
Marked by a strong implicit point of view; partisan
concomitant
an event or situation that happens at the same time as or in connection with another
perspicacity
the capacity to assess situations or circumstances shrewdly and to draw sound conclusions
bespoke
custom
amelioration
an improvement
hegemony
the domination of one state over its allies
avuncular
like an uncle in kindness or indulgence
fovea
area consisting of a small depression in the retina containing cones and where vision is most acute
usurious
greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
occidental
denoting or characteristic of countries of Europe and the Western Hemisphere
apprise
make aware of

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