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Insularity
4.detached; standing alone; isolated.
5. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of islanders.
6.narrow-minded or illiberal; provincial: insular attitudes toward foreigners.
Obtuse
Lacking quickness of perception or intellect.
Characterized by a lack of intelligence or sensitivity: an obtuse remark.
Not distinctly felt: an obtuse pain.
Not sharp, pointed, or acute in form; blunt
Histrionics
1. dramatic representation; theatricals; acting.
2. behavior or speech for effect, as insincere or exaggerated expression of an emotion; dramatics; operatics: Cut out the histrionics—we know you're not really mad.
Miscegnation
interbreeding of races
Congenital
existing as such from birth
Suffuse
to spread throughout or over from within
Idiom
a language, dialect, or style of speaking particular to a people
Idiosyncracy
peculiarity of temperament, eccentricy
Incarnate
given a bodily, esp. a human, form
Interloper
one who intrudes in the domain of others
Subjugate
to conquer
Junta
1. A governmental council or committee, especially one that rules after a revolution._2. A closely knit group united for a common purpose and usually meeting secretly; also called a junto.
The Greek junta that seized power during 1967 mobilized the courts against its foes.
Perjury
willful lying while on oath
Ablution
1. The act of washing or cleansing; specifically, the washing of the body, or some part of it (as in a religious rite)._2. The water used in cleansing.
Worshipers, who have performed their ablutions in the basement before entering the prayer hall, individually prepare themselves for participation in the communal worship
Levitate
to rise in the air or cause to rise
Levee
embankment against river flooding
Edifying
enlightening, informative
Empirical
based on observation
Encomium
glowing and enthusiastic praise. Pangyric, tribute
Endemic
characterized by or only found in a particular region
Ennui
dissatisfaction or restlessness caused by boredom
inerrant
infallible
Enormity
excessive wickedness, evilness
Epicure
one devoted to sensual pleasures, particularly in food and drink
Sybarite
a person devoted to luxury and pleasure
Gourmand
a gourmet, an epicure
Episodic
occurring at intervals. Loosly connected, not flowing logically
Epithet
a disparaging word or phrase
Errant
traveling from place to place, peripatetic…’a knight errant’
Eschew
to shun or avoid
Essay
to attempt, try, experiment
Estimable
worthy of esteem; deserving respect or admiration.
Evince
to show clearly, to indicate

The study showed that girls were better prepared for class, had better attendance records, and evinced more positive academic behavior overall.
Exact
to demand, require, call for
Extant
existing: not destroyed or lost
Extirpate
to destroy, exterminate, cut out, pull out by the roots
Palimpsest
palimpsest \PAL-imp-sest\, noun:_1. A manuscript, usually of papyrus or parchment, on which more than one text has been written with the earlier writing incompletely erased and still visible._2. An object or place whose older layers or aspects are apparent beneath its surface.
coterminous
1. Having the same or coincident boundaries._2. Having the same scope, range of meaning, duration.
In a democracy the interests of the people are, or at least should be, coterminous with those of the state._-- Ronald Steel, "The Domestic Core of Foreign Policy", The Atlantic, June 1995
Eschatological
1. any system of doctrines concerning last, or final, matters, as death, the Judgment, the future state, etc.
2.the branch of theology dealing with such matters.
Propaedeutic
1. pertaining to or of the nature of preliminary instruction.
2. introductory to some art or science.
Privation
1. An act or instance of depriving._
2. The state of being deprived of something, especially of something required or desired; destitution; need.
Fallow
untilled, inactive, dormant
Fatuous
silly, inanely stupid
Inane
1. lacking sense, significance, or ideas; silly: inane questions.
2. empty; void.
Feckless
irresponsible, ineffectual, incompetent, futile
Felicitous
well-suited for the occasion, as an action, manner, or expression; apt; appropriate: The chairman's felicitous anecdote set everyone at ease.
Fell
1. a barren or stony hill. An animal’s hide.
2. cruel, savage, brutal. Destructive, deadly (fell poison)
Fetter
to shackle, put in chains, restrain
Filibuster
intentional obstruction-usually using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action
Filigree
ornamental work, esp. of a delicate, lacelike pattern. As a verb, filigree means to adorn. (the broach was filigreed with a delicate pattern of vines and grapes)
Flag
to sag or droop, to become spiritless, to decline.
Flip
sarcastic, impertinent
Foment
to stir up, incite, rouse
Forebearance
patience, willingness to wait
Forbear
to refrain or abstain from
Ford
to wade across the shallow part of a river or stream
Forstall
to act in a way to hinder, exclude, or prevent something from happening
Forswear
to renounce, give up, disallow, repudiate
Repudiate
to reject, cast off, disown
Fracas
noisy fight or quarrel, brawl, rumpus
Rumpus
a noisy or violent disturbance; commotion; uproar: There was a terrible rumpus going on upstairs.
Froward
intractable, not willing to yield or comply, stubbornly disobedient
(a froward, intractable child.)
Fulminate
to attack loudly or denounce. “He lets others fulminate on his behalf while he maintains his gentlemanly demeanor.”
Gambol
to skip about playfully, to frolic
Garner
to gather and save, to store up, to acquire
Glib
marked by ease or informality, nonchalant, lacking in depth, superficial
Gossamer
delicate. Insubstantial or tenuous, insincere
Grouse
to complain or grumble
Guy
a rope or cord attached to something as a brace or guide
Hallow
set apart as holy
Harrow
to distress, create stress, or torment
Hermetic
airtight, impervious to outside influence
Hirsute
hairy, shaggy
Homily
a sermon or morally instructive lecture, a platitude
Homeletics
the art of preaching
Idyll
a carefree, light-hearted pastoral or romantic episode or experience. A literary or musical piece describing such.
Imbroglio
a difficult or embarrassing situation
Imminent
about to happen, impending
Eminenet
prominent, distinguished
Immutable
not capable of change
Imperioius
commanding, masterful, arrogant, domineering, haughty
Impeturbable
marked by extreme calm, impassivity, and steadiness
Importune
to ask incessantly, beg, nag
Importunate
persistent in asking
Impute
to attribute a cause or source, ascribe, assign as a characteristic
Inchoate
in an initial stage, not fully formed
Incipient
beginning to come into being or to become apparent
Indefatiguable
not easily exhaustable, tireless, dogged
Ineluctable
certain, inevitable
Infelicitous
unfortunate, inappropriate
Innervate
to supply with nerves, energize
Insensible
unconscious, unresponsive, unaware, unaffected
Insouciant
unconcerned, carefree, nonchalant
Intimate
to imply, suggest, or insinuate
Jibe
to agree, to be in accord
Kinetic
having to do with motion; lively, active
Limn
to draw, to outline in detail
List
to tilt or lean to one side
Lumber
to move heavily and clumsily or with a rumbling sound
Maunder
to talk or move aimlessly, to mutter
Mendicant
beggar, supplicant
Mince
to pronounce or speak too carefully, to euphemize
Nice
exacting, extremely precise
Nonplussed
baffled, in a quandary, at a loss for what to do/say/or think
Obdurate
unyielding, hard-hearted, inflexible
Obfuscate
to deliberately obscure, to make confusing
Obsequious
exhibiting a fawning attentiveness, subservient
Obtain
to be established, accepted, or customary, prevail
“The customary niceties of polite conversation do not
obtain in the midst of a tornado
Opprobium
disgrace, contempt, or scorn
Ostensible
seeming, appearing as such, professed
Paean
a song or expression of praise or thanksgiving
Panegyric
a formal expression of praise
Parry
to block, evade, ward off (as a blow)
Peremptory
admitting of no contradiction, putting an end to debate, haughty, imperious
Perennial
recurring throughout the year or many years, repeating
Perfunctory
cursory, hastily or superficially done, done with little care
Peruse
to examine with great care
Petulant
impatient, irritable
Philistine
a crass individual guided by material rather than intellectual or artistic values
Pied
multicolored, usually in blotches
Piquant
agreeably spicy
Pique
feeling of resentment due to hurt pride
Plastic
moldable, pliable
Pluck
courage, spirit, fortitude
Plumb
to measure the depth
Precept
a rule establishing standards of conduct, doctrine
Predilection
preference, a disposition in favor of something
Preempt
to replace, supercede, appropriate
Preen
to dress up, primp elaborately
Prescience
knowing of things before they occur
Prize
to pry, press, or force with a lever
Probity
uprightness, adherence to the highest principles
Prodigious
abundance in size, extraordinary
Profligate
wasteful, recklessly extravagant
Prolix
long winded, verbose
Propinquity
nearness in place or time, affinity of nature, kinship
Propitiate
to appease, conciliate
Proscribe
to outlaw or prohibit
Provident
frugal, looking to the future
Puerile
chidish, immature
Punctillious
attention to detail, especially in regards to etiquette
Pundit
an authority on a subject
Quaff
to drink deeply
Quail
to shrink back in fear, to lose courage
Qualify
to limit
Quiescence
stillness, at rest, inactive, dormant
Quixotic
Caught up in the romance of noble deeds and the pursuit of unreachable goals; foolishly impractical especially in the pursuit of ideals.

Some of his plans were quixotic and much too good for this world, but he never wavered in a cause that he considered just and he commanded the respect of all who opposed him.