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acolyte
a person who assists in some religious services by carrying out minor duties; one who attends or assists, a follower
bibulous
1. given to the consumption of alcoholic drinks
2. highly absorbent
coalesce
to grow together; to unite to for a whole
covert
not openly acknowledged; secret
declaim
to recite something in the style of a public speech; to speak in a loud, theatrical way
delineate
1. to describe vividly and in detail
2. to draw an outline of; to represent by drawing
demagogue
a leader who seeks power by appealing to people's emotions and prejudices and by making false claims and promises
encomium
an expression of warm and enthusiastic praise; a tribute
obdurate
1. resistant to persuasion; inflexible
2. persistant in wrongdoing
prescience
foresight; knowledge beforehand of events
protagonist
the chief character in a drama or story
sedulous
completed with careful perserverance; diligent
trenchant
expressed with vigor and penetrating insight; kneenly perceptive
utopia
a place or state of perfect social and political conditions
valedictory
1. a farewell address, especially one given at a graduation ceremony
2. of or relating to such a farewell address
absolve
to clear guilt, or to free from a promise or a respobsiblity
adumbrate
1. to foreshadow in an indirect way
2. to outline in a sketchy way; to partially disclose
apothegm
a short, instructive saying
aspersion
a defamatory expression; slander
coadjutor
one who works with another; usually in a subordinate position; an assistant
congenital
existing at or dating from birth; being an essential characteristic
elan
a lively spirit with a distinctive style
germane
pertinent and fitting
hiatus
an interruption or gap in space, continutiy, or time
immure
to confine within or as if within walls; to imprison
ineluctable
not to be avoided or changed; inevitable
internecine
1. marked by slaughter; mutually destructive
2. relating to conflict within a group
invoke
1. to appeal to earnestly
2. to cite in justification
prototype
a person or thing that serves as an example of its kind; an original
quadrennial
1. occuring every four years
2. lasting four years
amalgam
1. an alloy of mercury and other metals
2. a mixture of different elements
antediluvian
very old or old-fashioned
apothecary
one who prepares and sells ointments, drugs, and similar items for medicinal purposes
ascetic
1. refraining from self-indulgence
2. a person who practices self-denial
beneficent
doing or producing good
charlatan
one who falsely claims knowledge or ability
denizen
an inhabitant, resident, or frequenter of a place
doyen
1. a senior member of a group, especially one who is highly respected
2. the oldest example of a category
flora
plants considered as a group in a particular area or era
imbibe
1. to consume by drinking
2. to absorb or take in mentally
nostrum
a medicine or remedy whose effectiveness has not been proven
obviate
to prevent or make unnecessary; to get rid of
perennial
1. lasting indefinitely or recurring
2. a plant that lives three or more years
putative
commonly accepted or supposed; assumed to exist
savant
a person with detailed knowledge in a specialized field
approbation
an expression of approval; praise
benighted
existing in a state of moral, cultural, or intellectual darkness; unenlightened
bourgeois
1. the middle class or a member of the middle class
2. very concerned with middle-class values, such as repectability and material well being, with an inclination twd mediocrity
3. reflecting mediocrity
credo
a strongly held belief; a guide to one's action
empirical
based on experience or observation as opposed to theory; capable of being confirmed by observation
eschew
to stay away from; to shun, especially on practical or moral grounds
expatiate
to speak or write about in great detail; to elaborate, usually used with on or upon
iconoclast
one who attacks established beliefs, customs, or institutions
indigence
an extreme level of poverty
laudable
praiseworthy
mandate
1. a clear command or instruction
2. to require or order
ostensible
only seemingly so; apparent
recalcitrant
unwilling to accept another's authority; stubbornly defiant
regurgitate
1. to expel (partially digested food) from the stomach
2. to repeat mindlessly what one has learned
risible
provoking or causing laughter