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altruism
selflessness; generosity; devotion to the interests of others
anachronism
something out of place in time or history
blithe
carefree; cheerful
Bourgeois
Middle Class, usually in a pejorative sense
cacophony
a harsh-sounding mixture of words, voices, or sounds
circumlocution
An indirect expression; use of wordy or evasive language
debilitate
to weaken; to cripple
deleterious
harmful
ebullient
boiling; bubbling with excitement; exuberant
egregious
extremely bad; flagrant
Farcical
Absurd; ludicrous
flout
disregard something out of disrespect
hiatus
a break or interruption; often from work
histrionic
overly dramatic; theatrical
imminent
just about to happen
impervious
not allowing anything to pass through; impenetrable
irascible
easily angered or provoked; irritable
irrevocable
irreversible
juxtapose
to place side by side
kinetic
having to do with motion; lively; active
labyrinth
a maze; something like a maze
largess
generous giving of gifts (or the gifts themselves); philanthropy
machination
scheming activity for an evil purpose
malleable
easy to bend or shape
nebulous
vague; hazy; indistinct
nihilism
the belief that there are no morals or values in the universe
obfuscate
to darken; to confuse; to make confusing
obsequious
fawning; subservient; sucking up to
palpable
capable of being touched; obvious; tangible
parochial
narrow or confine point of view; provincial
querulous
complaining; whining; grumbling
quixotic
romantic or idealist to a foolish or impractical degree
rancor
bitter; long-lasting ill will or resentment
recalcitrant
stubbornly defiant of authority or control; disobedient
saccharine
sweet; excessively or disgustingly sweet
sagacious
discerning; shrewd; keen in judgement; wise
taciturn
untalkative by nature
tenacious
persistant; stubborn; not letting go
unconscionable
not controlled by the conscience; unscrupulous
urbane
poised; sophisticated; refined
verbose
using too many words; not succinct; circumlocutory
vicarious
experienced, performed, or suffered through someone else; living through
virulent
extremely poisonous; malignant; full of hate
vitriolic
caustic; full of bitterness
volatile
quick to evaporate; highly unstable; explosive
verisimilitude
similarity to reality; the appearance of truth; looks like the real thing
vicissitude
upheaval; natural change; change in fortune
wanton
malicious; unjustifiable; unprovoked; egregious
zealous
enthusiastically devoted to something