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consensus
(n) collective or general agreement/ opinion
constricted
(v) to make smaller or narrower
convolutions
(n) rolling up, twisting, or coiling together
curmudgeon
(n) an irascible, churlish person
dichotomy
noun, plural -mies. 1. division into two parts, kinds, etc.; subdivision into halves or pairs
disingenuous
lacking in frankness, candor, or sincerity; falsely or hypocritically ingenuous; insincere
disparity
lack of similarity or equality; inequality; difference
ecumenical
general; universal
empirical
derived from or guided by experience or experiment.
euphoria
a feeling of happiness, confidence, or well-being sometimes exaggerated in pathological states as mania.
faux pas
a slip or blunder in etiquette, manners, or conduct; an embarrassing social blunder or indiscretion.
fervid
1. heated or vehement in spirit, enthusiasm, etc.: a fervid orator.
2. burning; glowing; intensely hot.
fetid
having an offensive odor; stinking
flamboyant
strikingly bold or brilliant; showy
fulsome
offensive to good taste, esp. as being excessive; overdone or gross: fulsome
gargantuan
gigantic; enormous; colossal:
gothic
noting or pertaining to a style of architecture, originating in France in the middle of the 12th century and existing in the western half of Europe through the middle of the 16th century, characterized by the use of the pointed arch and the ribbed vault, by the use of fine woodwork and stonework, by a progressive lightening of structure, and by the use of such features as flying buttresses, ornamental gables, crockets, and foils.
immaculate
free from spot or stain; spotlessly clean
immolate
to sacrifice.
impasse
a position or situation from which there is no escape; deadlock
imperceptible
very slight, gradual, or subtle:
impinge
to make an impression; have an effect or impact (usually fol. by on or upon):
infrastructure
the basic, underlying framework or features of a system or organization.
inhibit
to restrain, hinder, arrest, or check (an action, impulse, etc.).
kudos
honor; glory; acclaim:
labrynth
an intricate combination of paths or passages in which it is difficult to find one's way or to reach the exit.
lackey
a servile follower; toady
liason
the contact or connection maintained by communications between units of the armed forces or of any other organization in order to ensure concerted action, cooperation, etc.
lugubrious
mournful, dismal, or gloomy, esp. in an affected, exaggerated, or unrelieved manner:
metamorphosis
a complete change of form, structure, or substance, as transformation by magic or witchcraft
monolithic
consisting of one piece; solid or unbroken: a boat with a monolithic hull.
mystique
a framework of doctrines, ideas, beliefs, or the like, constructed around a person or object, endowing the person or object with enhanced value or profound meaning
narcissism
inordinate fascination with oneself; excessive self-love; vanity
nihilism
total rejection of established laws and institutions.
non sequitur
a statement containing an illogical conclusion.
parlous
. perilous; dangerous.
patrician
a person of noble or high rank; aristocrat.
precarious
dependent on circumstances beyond one's control; uncertain; unstable; insecure:
protege
a person under the patronage, protection, or care of someone interested in his or her career or welfare
protocol
noun 1. the customs and regulations dealing with diplomatic formality, precedence, and etiquette.
prototype
the original or model on which something is based or formed.
punctilio
a fine point, particular, or detail, as of conduct, ceremony, or procedure
quagmires
Land with a soft muddy surface.
quixotic
extravagantly chivalrous or romantic; visionary, impractical, or impracticable
rapport
relation; connection, esp. harmonious or sympathetic relation
repartee
a quick, witty reply.
stigmatized
to set some mark of disgrace or infamy upon
sublimate
to make nobler or purer
tautology
an instance of such repetition
truncated
to shorten by cutting off a part; cut short: Truncate detailed explanations
unconscionable
not guided by conscience; unscrupulous
unimpeachable
above suspicion; impossible to discredit; impeccable
utilitarian
pertaining to or consisting in utility.
vendetta
private feud in which the members of the family of a murdered person seek to avenge the murder by killing the slayer or one of the slayer's relatives, esp. such vengeance as once practiced in Corsica and parts of Italy.
volition
the act of willing, choosing, or resolving; exercise of willing
xenophobia
an unreasonable fear or hatred of foreigners or strangers or of that which is foreign or strange.
zany
. ludicrously or whimsically comical; clownish.
zealot
a person who shows zeal