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abstinent
ADJ
Abstaining; voluntarily not doing something, especially something pleasant that is bad for you or has a bad reputation
affectation
NOUN
Unnatural or articial behavior, usually intended to impress
analogy
NOUN
A comparison of one thing to another; similarity
apprehensive
ADJ
Worried; anxious
beget
VERB
To give birth to; to create; to lead to; to cause
burgeois
ADJ
Middle class; usually in a derogatory sense; boringly conventional
cognizant
ADJ
Aware; conscious
consummate
ADJ
Perfect; complete; supremely skillful
covert
ADJ
Secret; hidden; to be covered
cursory
ADJ
Going rapidly over something, without noticing details; hasty; superficial
deride
VERB
To ridicule; to laugh at contemptuously
discreet
ADJ
Prudent; judiciously reserved
elusive
ADJ
Hard to pin down; evasive
emulate
VERB
To strive to equal or excel, usually through imitation
euphemism
NOUN
A pleasant or inoffensive expression used in place of an unpleasant or offensive one
explicit
ADJ
Clearly and directly expressed
fatuous
ADJ
Foolish; silly; idiotic
foible
NOUN
A minor character flaw
grandiose
ADJ
Absurdly exaggerated
heresy
NOUN
Any belief that is strongly opposed to established beliefs
homily
NOUN
A sermon
inaugurate
VERB
To begin officially; to induct formally into office
inert
ADJ
Inactive; sluggish; not reacting chemically
integral
ADJ
Essential
malaise
NOUN
A feeling of depression, uneasiness, or queasiness
microcosm
NOUN
The world in miniature
nuance
NOUN
A subtle difference or distinction
paradox
NOUN
A true statement or phenonmenon that nonetheless seems to contradict itself; an untrue statement or phenonmenon that nonetheless seems logical
paternal
ADJ
Fatherly; fatherlike
ponderous
ADJ
So large as to be clumsy; massive; dull
rhetoric
NOUN
The art of formal speaking or writing; inflated discourse
secular
ADJ
Having nothing to do with religious or spiritual concerns
superfluous
ADJ
Extra; unnecessary; redundant
vexed
ADJ
irritated; annoyed
mea culpa
Latin: "My fault," "my bad"