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bowdlerize
to modify, as by shortening or simplifying or by skewing content
circumlocution
the use of unnecessarily wordy or indirect language...a roundabout expression
diffident
lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence...shy and timid...reserved in manner
expurgate
to remove erroneous, vulgar, obscene, or otherwise objectionable material from (a book, for example) before publication
feckless
feeble or ineffective...careless and irresponsible
hubris
overbearing pride or presumption...arrogance
incontrovertible
impossible to dispute...unquestionable
loquacious
very talkative, garrulous
nonsectarian
not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination
omnipotent
having unlimited or universal power, authority, or force...one who is omnipotent...omnipotent G-d
pecuniary
of or relating to money...requiring payment of money
reparation
the act or process of repairing or the condition of being repaired...the act or process of making amends, expiation
subjugate
to bring under control, conquer...to make subservient, enslave
reciprocal
interchanged, given, or owed to each other...performed, esperienced, or felt by both sides...interchangable
soliloquy
a dramatic or literary form of discourse in which a character reveals his or her thoughts when alone or unaware of the presence of other characters.
taxonomy
the classification of organisms in an ordered system that indicates natural relationships...the science, laws, or principles of classification, systematics...division into ordered groups or categories.
usurp
to seize and hold (the power or rights of another, for example) by force and without legal authority...to take over or occupy without right
vehement
forceful or intense in expression, emotion, or conviction, fervid...vigorous or energetic, strong
wrought
put together, created...shaped by hammering with tools, used chiefly for metals or metalwork...made delicately or elaborately
abstemious
eating and drinking in moderation...sparingly used or consumed...restricted to bare necessities