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Anomalous
abnormal, irregular, departing from the usual
syn: exceptional, atypical, unusual, aberrant
Aspersion
a damaging or derogatory statement; the act of slandering or defaming
syn: innuendo, calumny, denigration
Bizarre
extremely strange, unusual, atypical
syn: grotesque, fantastic, outlandish
Brusque
abrupt, blunt, with no formalities
syn: curt, tactless, ungracious, gruff, rough
Cajole
to coax, persuade through flattery or artifice; to deceive with soothing thoughts or false promises
syn: wheedle, inveigle, soft-soap, sweet-talk
Castigate
to punish severely; to critcize severely
syn: chastise, rebuke, censure, upbraid
Contrive
to plan with ingenuity, invent; to bring about as the result of a scheme or plan
syn: think up, devise, concoct, fabricate
Demagogue
a leader who exploits popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power
syn: rabble-rouser, firebrand
Disabuse
to free from deception or error, set right in ideas or thinking
syn: undeceive, enlighten, set straight
Ennui
weariness and dissatisfaction from lack of occupation or interest, boredom
syn: languor, world-weariness, listlessness
Fetter
a chain or shackle placed on the feet; to chain or shackle; to render helpless or impotent
syn: bond, restraint, bind, hamper
Heinous
very wicked, offensive, hateful
syn: evil, odious, abominable, outrageous
Immutable
not subject to change, constant
syn: unchangeable, unalterable, fixed, invariable
Insurgent
one who rebels or rises against authority; rising in revolt, refusing to accept authority; surging or rushing in or on
syn: revolutionary, rebellious, mutinous
Megalomania
a delusion marked by a feeling or power, wealth, talent, etc., far in excess of reality
syn: delusions or grandeur
Sinecure
a position requiring little or no work; an easy job
syn: "no-show" job, cushy job, "plum"
Surreptitious
stealthy, secret, intended to escape observation; made or accomplished by fraud
syn: furtive, covert, clandestine, concealed
Transgress
to go beyong a limit or boundary; to sin, violate a law
syn: overstep, exceed, trespass, err
Transmute
to change from one nature, substance, or form to another
syn: transform, convert, translate, metamorphose
Vicarious
performed, suffered, or otherwise experienced by one person in place of another
syn: surrogate, substitute, imagined, secondhand