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abstruse
hard to understand, esoteric
arcane
known or understood by few
bemusing
bewildering
inscrutable
incapable of being scrutanized or understood. mysetious
recondite
dealing with profound or abstruse subject matter

And his fondness for stopping his readers short in their tracks with evidence of his recondite vocabulary is wonderfully irritating.
turbid
not clear, confused
defile
to make foul or dirty
fetid
stinking, having an offenwsive odor
inviduous
calculated to create ill will or resentment (inviduous remarks)
noisome
offensive/disgusting
odious
deserving or causing hatred
putrid
in a state of decomposition
rebarbative
repellant, causing annoyance or aversion
cogent
convincing, relevant (a cogent argument)
limpid
free from obscurity, clear, pellucid. (a limpid prose)
pellucid
clear in meaning, expression, style (like a pellucid way of writing)
abberant
departing from the right/normal circumstances
anachronism
something that is not in its correct historical time
anomalous
devient from the correct order
abash
to make ashamed
chagrin
feeling of vexation, marked by disappointment, to vex by humiliation
compunction
remorse, feeling anxiety because of wrong-doing
contrition
sincere penitence or remorse
diffident
shy, lacking self-confidence
expiate
to make amends or atone for

Ex: to expiate one's crimes, to expiate one's sins
foible
minor weakness of character
gaucherie
lack of social grace
rue
to feel sorror or bitter regret
equitable
equality or fairness
equity
equality, fairness
tantamount
equalled, as a value, effect, etc
apocryphal
of doubtful authentifcity
canard
a deliberately misleading fabrication
dissemble
to feign or conceal something
equivocate
to use ambiguous language
erroneous
containing error
ersatz
an artifical substitute used to replace something genuine
fallacious
containing a fallacy, deceptive
feigned
put on the expression of
guile
deception
mendacious/mendacity
telling lies, especially habitually
perfidy
deliberate breaking of faith or trust
prevaricate
to speak falsely or misleadingly, to lie
specious
havin he ring, taste, or probablity of, but actually fallacious
spurious
not genuine or authentic (a spurious gesture)
conjugal
pertaining to the relationship of the husband and wife
consanguine
having the same ancestry in blood
distaff
women's work
endogamous
marries within a specific tribe
filial
pertaining to the on or daughter
progenitor
a biologically related ancestor
scion
a descendent
ardor
great warmth of feeling, favor
doctrinaire
a person who applies doctrine w/out sufficient regard for actual evidence
partisan
a supporter of a person
fervid
heated in spirit/enthusiasm
tendentious
Marked by a strong tendency in favor of a particular point of view…a tendentious novel.

Most writing about Wagner has been like political pamphleteering--tendentious, one-sided and full of revisionist zeal.
zealot
a person who shows zeal
absolve
to free from guilt/blame
exculpate
to free from guilt or blame
exonerate
to free, as from an accusation
expiate
to attone for/make amends for
palliate
to conceal the gravity of an offense
redress
to set something right
vindicate
to clear, as from an accusation
chortle
to chuckle gleefully
droll
amusing in an odd way, whimsicle humorous
flippant
frivalously disrespectful, lacking in serioiusness
gibe
to jeer or taunt
jocular
characterized by joking
levity
lightness of mind/character or behavior
ludicrous
provoking laughter bc of absurdity
raillery
good humored ridicule
riposte
a quick sharp return in speaking
simper
to smile in a self conscious way
desiccate
to remove vitality from something

to remove moisture from something
pedant
someone who makes an ostentious display of learning

someone who pays attention to formal scholarship and to unimportant rules and details
deride
to ridicule or show contempt for something or somebody
ingenuous
showing lack of worldliness or sophistication, innocence
disabuse
to set right, to free from error
desultory
jumping from one thing to another, disconnected
syllogism
reasoning from the general to the specific
abject
with no hope of improvement or relief (abject poverty)
perdition
in religion, eternal damnation or hell. complete destruction
restive
uneasy, restless
sedulity
diligence
plucky
brave