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iconoclast
person who opposes orthodoxy
levity
flippancy, joking about serious matters
libertarian
someone who opposes tyranny
ruminate
to think over something, to ponder
demur
to hesitate, refuse
ignominious
shameful, humiliating
ruse
trick, strategem
saccharin
falsely sweet
transient
short-lived, ephemeral
sacrosanct
very holy, inviolable
exculpate
to free someone from blame; to pardon or acquit
exegesis
scholarly explanation or interpretation
salacious
lecherous, baudy, erotic
trite
unoriginal, dull
loquacious
talkative
cantankerous
bad-tempered, quarrelsome
truant
(n) shirker, someone absent without permission
impecunious
(adj)having no money
capacious
(adj) spacious, roomy
precipitous
(adj) done or happening in a hurry; steep or abrupt (the precipitous slope caused many skiiers to fall)
salutary
something which teaches a lesson; beneficial
truncate
to cut short
capitulate
to surrender, give in to
desecration
the spoiling of something holy
ossify
to turn to bone, to become fixed and rigid
sanctimonious
hypocritically holy
ameliorate
to improve, make better
preclude
to prevent or make impossible
carping
(n) constant criticism
lummox
a clumsy person