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Vocabulary

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sublime
of such excellence, grandeur, or beauty as to inspire great admiration or awe
prescient
having or showing knowledge of events before they take place
sanctimonious
making a show of being morally superior to other people
mawkish
sentimental in a feeble or sickly way
sally
make a military sortie
immaculate conception
something without sin or ulterior motives
deductive
characterized by the inference of particular instances from a general law
solipsism
the view or theory that the self is all that can be known to exist
anodyne
not likely to provoke dissent or offense; uncontentious or inoffensive, often deliberately so
inchoate
just begun and so not fully formed or developed; rudimentary
sardonic
grimly mocking or cynical
idiosyncrasy
a mode of behavior or way of thought peculiar to an individual; a distinctive or peculiar feature or characteristic of a place or thing
incumbent
[on, upon] necessary for (someone) as a duty or responsibility; (of an official or regime) currently holding office
inexorable
impossible to stop or prevent
indubitable
impossible to doubt; unquestionable
desultory
lacking a plan, purpose, or enthusiasm; unfocused; occurring randomly or occasionally
congener
a thing or person of the same kind or category as another
gregarious
(of a person) fond of company; sociable
inimical
tending to obstruct or harm
sacrosanct
(esp. of a principle, place, or routine) regarded as too important or valuable to be interfered with
visceral
related to deep inner feelings rather than intellect
euphony
the quality of being pleasing to the ear, esp. through a harmonious combination of words
indemnify
compensate (someone) for harm or loss
aggregate
a whole formed by combining several (typically disparate) elements
fealty
a feudal tenant's or vassal's sworn loyalty to a lord
atrophy
(of body tissue or an organ) waste away, typically due to the degeneration of cells, or become vestigial during evolution; figurative gradually decline in effectiveness or vigor due to underuse or neglect
quotidian
of or occurring every day; daily; ordinary or everyday, esp. when mundane
attrition
the action or process of gradually reducing the strength or effectiveness of someone or something through sustained attack or pressure
inductive
characterized by the inference of general laws from particular instances
pedantic
of or like a person who is excessively concerned with minor details and rules or with displaying academic learning
rhapsody
an effusively enthusiastic or ecstatic expression of feeling
sanctimonious
derogatory making a show of being morally superior to other people
impetus
the force that makes something happen or happen more quickly
privation
a state in which things that are essential for human well-being such as food and warmth are scarce or lacking
behoove
formal it is a duty or responsibility for someone to do something; it is incumbent on; [with negative] it is appropriate or suitable; it befits
extant
(esp. of a document) still in existence; surviving
opine
hold and state as one's opinion
innocuous
not harmful or offensive
ipso facto
by that very fact or act
abnegate
renounce or reject (something desired or valuable)
substantiate
provide evidence to support or prove the truth of
perdition
(in Christian theology) a state of eternal punishment and damnation into which a sinful and unpenitent person passes after death
epoch
a period of time in history or in a person's life, typically one marked by notable events or particular characteristics
temerity
excessive confidence or boldness
gregarious
(of a person) fond of company; sociable
prurient
having or encouraging an excessive interest in sexual matters
obtuse
annoyingly insensitive or slow to understand
idyll
an extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque episode or scene, typically an idealized or unsustainable one
patina
figurative an impression or appearance of something
unmitigated
absolute; unqualified
precept
a general rule intended to regulate behavior or thought
pervasive
(esp. of an unwelcome influence or physical effect) spreading widely throughout an area or a group of people
primeval (primaeval)
of or resembling the earliest ages in the history of the world
pejorative
expressing contempt or disapproval
specious
superficially plausible, but actually wrong; misleading in appearance, esp. misleadingly attractive
coup de grâs
a final blow or shot given to kill a wounded person or animal
epithet
an adjective or descriptive phrase expressing a quality characteristic of the person or thing mentioned
urbane
(of a person, esp. a man) suave, courteous, and refined in manner
libertine
a person, esp. a man, who behaves without moral principles or a sense of responsibility, esp. in sexual matters
expedient
convenient and practical, although possibly improper or immoral
pathos
a quality that evokes pity or sadness
atavistic
relating to or characterized by reversion to something ancient or ancestral
cadre
a small group of people specially trained for a particular purpose or profession
milieu
social setting
recalcitrant
having an obstinately uncooperative attitude toward authority or discipline
caveat
a warning or proviso of specific stipulations, conditions, or limitations
in concert with
to be in agreement, accordance, or harmony with
innominate
not named or classified
copasetic (copacetic)
informal in excellent order; fine
insouciance
casual lack of concern; indifference
pedagogic
of or relating to teaching
perspicacious
having a ready insight into and understanding of things
ignominious
deserving or causing public disgrace or shame
inure
accustom someone to something, esp. something unpleasant
plenary
unqualified; absolute
evince
reveal the presence of (a quality or feeling); be evidence of; indicate
disparate
essentially different in kind; not allowing comparison
sleight
the use of dexterity or cunning, esp. so as to deceive
parlance
a particular way or speaking or using words, esp. a way common to those with a particular job or interest
reticent
note revealing one's thoughts or feelings readily
denouement
the final part of a play, movie, or narrative in which the strands of the plot are drawn together and matters are explained or resolved; the climax of a chain of events, usually when something is decided or made clear
polity
an organized society; a state as a political entity
incipient
in an initial stage; beginning to happen or develop
assuage
make (an unpleasant feeling) less intense
avail
use or take advantage of (an opportunity or available resource)
specious
superficially possible, but actually wrong
solipsism
the view or theory that the self is all that can be known to exist
pejorative
expressing contempt or disapproval
reprehensible
deserving censure or condemnation
mitigate
make less severe, serious, or painful
paradox
a statement or proposition that, despite sound (or apparently sound) reasoning from acceptable premises, leads to a conclusion that seems senseless, logically unacceptable, or self-contradictory; something that combines contradictory features or qualities
abstraction
the quality of dealing with ideas rather than events
duplicitous
deceitful; Law (of a charge or plea) containing more than one allegation
iniquity
immoral or grossly unfair behavior
aphorism
a pithy observation that contains a general truth, such as, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"
myopia
lack of imagination, foresight, or intellectual insight; nearsightedness
pithy
(of language or style) concise and forcefully expressive
recidivism
a tendency to lapse into a previous condition or pattern of behavior, esp. a falling back or relapse into prior criminal habits
probative
affording proof or evidence
contingency
a future event or circumstance that is possible but cannot be predicted with certainty; a provision for such events; absence of uncertainty in events
avarice
extreme greed for wealth or material gain
bastion
an institution, place, or person strongly defending or upholding particular principles, attitudes, or activities
encomium
a speech or piece of writing that praises someone or something highly
quixotic
exceedingly idealistic; unrealistic and impractical
guile
sly or cunning intelligence; guileless - innocent and without deception
opprobrium
harsh criticism or censure
syncretism
the amalgamation or attempted amalgamation of different religions, cultures, or schools of thought
perfervid
intense and impassioned
augury
a sign of what will happen in the future; an omen
gratuitous
uncalled for, unwarranted; lacking good reason; done free of charge
parity
the state or condition of being equal, esp. regarding status or pay
propensity
an inclination or natural tendency to behave in a particular way
piquant
pleasantly stimulating or exciting to the mind
paradigm
a typical example or pattern of something; a model; a worldview underlying the theories and methodology of a particular scientific subject
junta
a military or political group that rules a country after taking power by force
canvass
ascertain
beguile
charm or enchant (someone), sometimes in a deceptive way
aberration
a departure from what is normal, usual, or expected, typically one that is unwelcome
watershed
an event or period marking a turning point in a course of action or state of affairs
approbation
approval
comport (oneself)
behave; (with) - accord with, agree with
inexorable
impossible to stop or prevent
embolize
to lodge in and obstruct (as a blood vessel or organ)
halcyon
denoting a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful
idiosyncrasy
a mode of behavior of way of thought peculiar to an individual
a posteriori
relating to or denoting reasoning or knowledge that proceeds from observations or experiences to the deduction of probable causes
sua sponte
of one's own accord
congenital
(esp. of a disease or physical abnormality) present from birth
perfunctory
(of an action or gesture) carried out with a minimum of effort or reflection
misanthrope
a person who dislikes humankind and avoids human society
polemical
or or relating to, or involving strongly critical, controversial, or disputatious writing or speech
unremitting
never relaxing or slackening; incessant
contravene
violate the prohibition or order of (a law, treaty, or code of conduct); conflict with (a right, principle, etc.), esp. to its detriment
lacustrine
of, relating to, or associated with lakes
disingenuous
not candid or sincere, typically by pretending that one knows less about something than one really does
parity
the state or condition of being equal, esp. regarding status or pay

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