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puissance
power, might, force
consternation
To my consternation, when I reached home I found I had lost the key of the house. (paralyzing dismay)
quixotic
Caught up in the romance of noble deeds and the pursuit of unreachable goals; idealistic without regard to practicality.
Capricious; impulsive: "At worst his scruples must have been quixotic, not malicious" (Louis Auchincloss).
neoteric
modern; new; recent
inexorable
unyielding; unalterable: inexorable truth; inexorable justice.
plenipotent
invested with or possessing full power
euphonious
pleasant in sound; agreeable to the ear; characterized by euphony: a sweet, euphonious voice
eponymous
giving one's name to a tribe, place, etc.: Romulus, the eponymous founder of Rome.
fungible
(esp. of goods) being of such nature or kind as to be freely exchangeable or replaceable, in whole or in part, for another of like nature or kind.
nonplussed
puzzled
to render utterly perplexed; puzzle completely
demurred
1. to make objection, esp. on the grounds of scruples; take exception; object: They wanted to make him the treasurer, but he demurred.
2. Law. to interpose a demurrer.
3. Archaic. to linger; hesitate.
–noun 4. the act of making objection.
5. an objection raised.
occlude
to close, shut, or stop up (a passage, opening, etc.).
charlatan
A person who makes elaborate, fraudulent, and often voluble claims to skill or knowledge; a quack or fraud.
progenitors
progenitors
parvenus
n. A person who has suddenly risen to a higher social and economic class and has not yet gained social acceptance by others in that class.
cognoscenti/cognoscente
A person with superior, usually specialized knowledge or highly refined taste; a connoisseur.
inquietude
. A state of restlessness or uneasiness; disquietude.
opprobrious
Synonyms 1. reproachful, abusive, vituperative, contemptuous. 2. dishonorable, ignominious.
venal
1. willing to sell one's influence, esp. in return for a bribe; open to bribery; mercenary: a venal judge.
2. able to be purchased, as by a bribe: venal acquittals.
inutile
of no use or service.
nihilistic
1. total rejection of established laws and institutions.
2. anarchy, terrorism, or other revolutionary activity.
3. total and absolute destructiveness, esp. toward the world at large and including oneself: the power-mad nihilism that marked Hitler's last years.
demagogue
A leader who obtains power by means of impassioned appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace.
A leader of the common people in ancient times.
mercenary
1. working or acting merely for money or other reward; venal.
2. hired to serve in a foreign army, guerrilla organization, etc.