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sinister
threatening or portending evil, harm, or trouble; ominous
nefarious
extremely wicked or villainous; iniquitous
onerous
burdensome, oppressive, or troublesome; causing hardship
retroactively
operative with respect to past occurrences, as a statute; retrospective
digress
to deviate or wander away from the main topic or purpose in speaking or writing; depart from the principal line of argument, plot, study, etc
malign (maligned)
To make evil, harmful, and often untrue statements about; speak evil of.
demagogues
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.
curmudgeon
a bad tempered, difficult, cantankerous person.
yarmulke
a skullcap worn by Jewish men and boys
purportedly
assumed to be so; supposed
prostration
the state of being prostrate, of being put face down in reverence
caliphate
To be a caliph, the spirit head and temporal ruler of the Islamic state
jihad
a holy war under taken as a sacred duty by Muslims; any vigorous, emotional crusade for an idea; an individual striving for spiritual self perfection
mufti
Civilian clothes; a Muslim scholar who interprets the Sharia (code of law based on the Koran); a deputy of the Chief Muslim legal advisor to the Sultan
meritocracy
An elite group of people whose progress is based on ability and talent rather than privilege or wealth; leadership by able and talented persons
crass
Without refinement, delicacy, or sensitivity; dull boorish, oafish, indelicate; so crude and unrefined as to be lacking in discrimination and sensibility.
doctrinal
Of, pertaining to, or concerned with doctrine: a doctrinal dispute.
sacrament
The Eucharist or Lord’s Supper; The consecrated elements of the Eucharist, esp. the bread; a sign, token or symbol; an oath, solemn pledge.
coiffed (well-coiffed)
Aranged attractively
Anglicized
To make English in customs, manners, etc.
incongruity
Something out of place/inappropriate
vilify (vilified)
To defame or slander
unwittingly
Unknowingly, unaware
complicit
choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable act, esp. with others; having complicity.
mutability
The quality of being capable to change
deference
Respectful yielding to the judgement, opinion, etc. of another
subservience
Serving subordinately
corrosive
Harmful or destructive
fanfare
a showy outward display
futility
the quality or state of serving no purpose
pluralistic
consisting of or containing more than one or more than one kind or class
underscore
To make evident; to give emphasis or extra force to something.
dissent
To disagree with a widely held or majority opinion.
discretionary
Giving somebody the freedom to make a decision according to individual circumstances.
precedent
Any act, decision, or case that serves as a guide or justification for subsequent situations.
ponder
To consider something deeply and carefully.
soliloquize
to utter a soliloquy; talk to oneself.
resolute
firmly resolved or determined; set in purpose or opinion.
chronicle (chronicled)
to record in or as in a chronicle.
thuggery
violent or brutal acts as of thugs
credulous
willing to believe or trust too readily, esp. without proper or adequate evidence; gullible.
denouement
the final resolution of the intricacies of a plot, as of a drama or novel.
truculent
fierce; cruel; savagely brutal.
pundit
a learned person, expert, or authority.
recant (recanted)
to withdraw or disavow (a statement, opinion, etc.), esp. formally; retract.
mea culpa
through my fault; my fault (used as an acknowledgment of one's responsibility).
bludgeon
to force into something; coerce; bully
pro forma
as a formality only; "a one-candidate pro forma election" 
galling
that galls; chafing; irritating; vexing; exasperating.
disingenuous
lacking in frankness, candor, or sincerity; falsely or hypocritically ingenuous; insincere: Her excuse was rather disingenuous.
proselytized
to convert or attempt to convert as a proselyte; recruit
vociferously
crying out noisily; clamorous
quagmire
a situation from which extrication is very difficult
compendium
a summary, epitome, or abridgment.
tirade
a prolonged outburst of bitter, outspoken denunciation
grievously
causing grief or great sorrow
squalor
the condition of being squalid; filth and misery.
ridicule
to make fun of
assertion
a positive statement or declaration, often with out support or reason; allegation
denounce (denounced)
to condemn or censure openly or publicly
vindicate (vindicated)
to clear, as from an accusation or suspicion; to uphold or justify by argument or evidence
resurgent
rising or tending to come back to life, activity, or prominence
curb
to restrain or control; check
sectarian
narrowly confined or limited in interest, purpose, etc.; a bigoted or narrow-minded person
mullah
a Muslim teacher of a sacred law