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anomalous
abnormal, irregular, departing gtom the usual

exceptional, atypical, unusual, aberrant

normal, regular, customary, typical, ordinary
aspersion
a damaging or derogatory statement; the act of slandering or defaming

innuendo, calumny, denigration

endorsment, testimonial, praise
bizarre
extremely strange, unusual, atypical

grotesque, fantastic, outlandish

normal, typical, ordinary
brusque
abrupt, blunt, with no formalities

curt, tactless, ungracious, gruff, rough

gracious, tactful, courteous, diplomatic
cajole
to coax, persuade through flattery or artiface; to deceive with soothing thoughts or false promises

wheedle, inveigle, soft-soap, sweet-talk

coerce, force, strong-arm
castigate
to punish severly; to criticize severly

chastise, rebuke, censure,upbraid

reward, honor, praise, laud
contrive
to plan with ingenuity, invent; to bring about as the result of a scheme or plan

think up, devise, concoct, fabricate
demagogue
a leader who exploits popular prejudices and false claims and promises to gain power

rabble-rouser, firebrand
disabuse
to free from deception or error, set right in ideas or thinking

undeceive, enlighten, set straight

deceive, delude, pull wool over one's eyes
ennui
weariness and dissatisfaction from lack of occupation or interest; boredom

languor, world-weariness, listlessness

enthusiasm, liveliness, excitement, intensity
fetter
a chain or shackle placed on the feet (often used in plural); anything that confines or restrains; to chain or shackle; to render helpless or impotent

bond, restraint, bind, hamper

free, liberate, emancipate
heinous
very wicked, offensive, hateful

evil, odious, abominable, outrageous

excellent, wonderful, splendid
immutable
not subject to change, constant

unchangeable, unalterable, fixed, invariable

changeable, inconstant, variable, fickle
insurgent
one who rebels or rises against authority; rising in revolt, refusing to accept authority; surging or rushing in or on

revolutionary, rebellious, mutinous

loyalist, loyal, faithful
megalomania
a delusion marked by a feeling of power, wealth, talent, etc., far in exess of reality

delusions of grandeur

humility, modesty, self-abasement
sinecure
a position requiring little or no work; an easy job

"no-show" job, cushy job, "plum"
surreptitious
stealthy, secret, intended to escape observation; made or accomplished by fraud

furtive, covert, clandestine, concealed

open, frank, aboveboard, overt
transgress
to go beyond a limit or boundary; to sin, violate a law

overstep, exceed, trespass, err

obey, toe the line
transmute
to change from one nature, substance, or form to another

transform, convert, translate, meteamorphose

maintain unchanged, preserve
vicarious
performed, suffered, or otherwise experienced by one person in place of another

surrogate, substitute, imagined, secondhand

real, actual, firsthand