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rejoinder
an answer to a reply, a witty response
inflection
a change in the form of a word
succinct
clear and price; using few words
cognate
a word related to another word in a different language
phonology
the sound system of a language
syntax
how words are arranged
rhetoric
the study of using language effectively
paradigm
a model for a way of viewing things
orthography
the study of a languages writing/spelling system
philology
study of the history of language
perfidious
treacherous
disingenuous
not telling the whole truth
belie
to misrepresent, depict falsely
nefarious
infamous
clandestine
done in secret
dissemble
to hide one's feelings or motives behind a false appearence
forthright
direct, honest
scrupulous
conscientious, exact, strict principles
spurious
fake, not authentic
probity
complete and confirmed integrity, uprightness
extant
still in existence
transience
brief existence
hiatus
gap in space, time or continuity
irrevocable
irreversible
millennium
one thousand years
eon
longest division of geologic time
inure
accustom to hardship
perpetuity
an eternity
concomitant
occurrring simultaneously
pristine
unspoiled
irony
use of words conveying the opposite of the literal meaning
satirical
humorously critical, using sarcasm
railery
good natured teasing
regale
to entertain
farce
an exaggerated comic play
levity
a light and humorous manner
buffoon
a clown or jester
parody
a comic imitation that exaggerates
lampoon
a written piece that pokes fun or ridicules
jocular
a joking manner
fathom
to comprehend
impervious
incapable of being affected
impenetrable
impossible to break through
nebulous
cloudy, hazy
arcane
mysterious
educe
to draw out
manifest
to show or demonstrate plainly, to reveal
limpid
calm and serene
adumbate
to describe vaguely
covert
hidden/concealed
adjunct
attached in a subordinate position
transcend
to surpass
amalgamate
to unite
synergy
the interaction of merged forces
diffuse
widely spread or scattered
contiguous
adjacent
diverge
to branch out
conclave
a secret meeting
parity
equality
compatriot
a colleague
rebuttal
disproving an argument
definitive
authoritative and complete
presuppose
to assume beforehand
dialectic
the exchange of opposing logical arguments
empirical
relying on observation
rationalize
to explain away with self satisfying but wrong reasons
repudiate
to regect the validity of
axiomatic
self evident
verifiable
provable
tenuous
flimsy
bedlam
noisy confusion
titanic
enormous
mesmerize
to enthrall
bowdlerize
to abridge and simplify a work
maudlin
overly sentimental
draconian
very severe
martinet
a rigid diciplinarian
chavinism
a prejudiced belief in the superiority of ones group
silhouette
outline against a dark background
stentorian
extremely loud
laconic
short and impatient speech
peremptory
not allowing refusal
polemic
a controversial argument
vivacious
lively
vociferous
offensibely loud or forceful
exalt
to glorify or praise
exhort
to appeal strongly
garrulous
wordy and rambling
gist
the essene or central idea
histrionic
excessively dramatic
pestilence
a usually fatal epidemic disease
prostrate
to reduce to weakness
salubrious
favorable to good health
scourge
a cause of great devastation
unscathed
completely uninjured
atrophy
to wither away
debilitate
to sap the energy of
livid
black and blue, mad
moribund
about to die
noxious
poisonous
irresolute
undecided, wavering
obdurate
hard hearted
obsequious
eager to serve or win favor of, fawning
pertinacity
stubborness
stoic
unaffected by feelings
audacious
daring, fearless
contumacy
a stubborn rebelliousnes
dour
marked by harshness, sterness
éclat
brilliant success
indefatigable
tireless
myriad
a large but undetermined number
parsimony
extreme stinginess
prodigal
wastefully extravagant
replete
plentiful, abounding
voluminous
having great volume, size or number
austere
severe or stern
avarice
extreme greed
florid
flushed with rosy color
insatiable
impossible to satisfy
inundate
to overwhelm
iniquity
wickedness
redress
to right a wrong
reprehensible
deserving of blame
restitution
compensation for a loss
vindicate
to clear of blame
abscond
to leave quickly and secretly, often to avoid arrest
bilk
to swindle money
clemency
mercy
contrite
regretful
impute
to attribute the fault or responsibility to
equivocate
to use evasive language, to mislead
paradox
something with contradictory aspects
patent
obvious; plain
perspicacity
sharpness and acuteness of understanding
rudimentary
elementary; basic
adduce
to cite an example or means of proof in an argument
confound
to mix up
construe
to intepret
conundrum
a self-contradictory problemor dilemma
cryptic
having hidden meaning
mundane
commonplace
outlandish
strikingly bizarre
paragon
model of perfection
ubiquitous
seeming to be everywhere
unwonted
not habitual or ordinary; unusual
anomaly
something departing from normal form
eccentricity
staying from what is conventional
endemic
common in or uique to a certain location or population
incongruous
lacking in harmony
abberant
deviating from the expected course