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altruistic
adj - unselfishly concerned for the welfare of others
chicanery
noun - 1 clever talk intended to mislead. 2 a dishonest argument. 3 trickery; deception
dilettante
noun - someone who has an interest in a subject, especially art, literature or science, but does not study it very seriously or in depth
eclectic
adj - selecting material or ideas from a wide range of sources or authorities
impugn
verb - to criticize or challenge
impute
verb - (usually impute something to someone or something) 1 to regard (something unfavourable or unwelcome) as being brought about by them. 2 to believe it to be caused by them or it; to attribute
internecine
adj - 1 said of a fight, war, etc: destructive and damaging to both sides. 2 involving or consisting of a conflict or struggle within a group or organization
ostensible
adj - said of reasons, etc: stated or claimed, but not necessarily true; apparent
philistine
adj - having no interest in or appreciation of art, literature, music, etc, and tending rather towards materialism.
philologist
noun - one who studies language, its history and development; linguist
poignant
adj - 1 painful to the feelings 2 deeply moving; full of pathos
progenitor
noun - 1 an ancestor, forebear or forefather. 2 the founder or originator of a movement, etc.
shibboleth
noun - 1 a common saying. 2 a slogan, catchphrase, custom or belief, especially if considered outdated. 3 a peculiarity of speech. 4 a use of a word, phrase or pronunciation that characterizes members of a particular group
temerity
noun - rashness or boldness; an unreasonable lack of fear
wheedle
verb - to coax or cajole someone; to persuade them by flattery