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obtuse
dull; blunt; unintelligent; lacking sharpness
valedictory
a farewell speech
ulterior
intentionally withheld or concealed
equanimity
the ability to remain calm and assured
paradox
something that seems illogical, contradictory, or absurd, but that in fact may be true
sagacioius
having or showing wisdom and good judgement
asperity
roughness; harshness; irritability
timorous
afraid
ascentic
one who rejects physical comfort and luxury for self-discipline
resilient
capable of being stretched and returning back to shape
belie
to give an impression that is the opposite of the way things really are; to misrepresent
presentiment
a feeling that something is about to happen
xenophobia
the fear or hatred of anything foreign
chasten
punish; discipline; castigate
lionize
to put someone on a pedestal; to treat with great respect
extol
praise
stymie
to block; to get in the way of; to hamper
spectral
ghostlike
blasphemous
showing disrespect or scorn for God or anything sacred
irreproachable
free from blame or criticism; faultless
countenance
the face
germane
relevant; fitting
fortitude
firm courage or strength of mind in the face of pain or danger
ephemeral
temporary; short-lived
staidness
the state or quality of being serioius, steady, or conservative in character
corporeal
having to do with the body or the physical world
rebuff
to ignore or reject strongly; snub
pandemonium
wild disorder and uproar
tribulation
great misery of distress; suffering
paradox
something that seems illogical, contradictory, or absurd, but that in fact may be true; excessive frugality
insolvent
unable to pay bills; bankrupt
deride
make fun of; ridicule
primeval
of or having to do with the first or earliest age; primitive
cataclysm
a disaster, usually one that causes sudden and violent change
sanguine
optimistic; cheerful
bade
past tense of bid, to command, order, or ask
mollify
to lessen anger; soothe; placate
wanton
shamelessly unrestrained; immoral
subversive
seeking to weaken, destroy, or overthrow
dauntless
fearless; courageous; daring