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bombast
impressive but meaningless
orthography
correct spelling
paleontology
a science dealing with prehistoric life through the study of fossils
recoil
to retreat; to draw back
panache
self-confidence
saturnine
gloomy; sluggish
endemic
confined to a particular country or area
mendacious
lying; false; deceitful
obviate
to prevent; to get around
paroxysm
a sudden outburt; a fit
aggrandize
to increase the range of; to expand
deign
to lower oneself before an inferior
flaunt
to show off
shibboleth
a word or pronunciation that distinguishes someone as of a particular group
elicit
to draw forth; to call forth
nirvana
a condition of great peace or happiness
salutary
healthful; wholesome
despicable
contemptible; hateful
harlequin
a clown
empathy
an understanding of another's feeling
brevity
breifness, short duration
savant
a person of extensive learning; an eminent scholar
obsequious
excessively submissive or overly attentive
redundant
repetitious; using more words than needed
offal
garabge; waste parts
hoi polloi
the common people; the masses
sentient
concious; capable of feeling or perceiving
impinge
to encroach; to trespass
cataract
a large waterfall
animosity
hatred
orifice
mouth; opening
hallow
to make holy
perdition
damnation; ruin; hell
chaff
worthless matter
aesthetic
pertaining to beauty
empirical
based on practical experience rather than theory
germane
relevant; fitting
hermetic
tightly sealed
meretricious
attractive in a cheap, flashy way
querulous
complaining; grumbling
flaccid
flabby
hospice
a shelter for travelers, orphans, or the ill or destitute
egregious
remarkably bad, outrageous
ratiociante
to reason, to think
foment
to stir up; to incite