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demagogue
N - a leader who exploits popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power
ennui
N - weariness and discontent from lack of occupation or interest, boredom
disabuse
V - to free from deception or error, set right in ideas or thinking
vicarious
Adj - performed, suffered, or otherwise experienced by one person in place of another
surreptitious
Adj - stealthy, secret, intended to escape observation; made or accomplished by fraud
aspersion
N - a damaging or derogatory statement; the act of slandering or defaming
vouchsafe
V - to give or furnish condescendingly; to grant
heinous
Adj - very wicked, offensive, hateful
transgress
V - to go beyond a limit or boundary; to sin, violate a law
sinecure
N - a position requiring little or no work; an easy job
megalomania
N - a delusion marked by a feeling of power, wealth, talent, etc, far in excess of reality
insurgent
N - one who rebels or rises against authority
Adj - rising in revolt, refusing to accept authority; surging or rushing in or on
transmute
V - to change from one nature, substance, or form to another; to transform
fetter
N - a chain or shackle placed on the feet (often used in plural); anything that confines or restrains
V - to chain or shackle; to render helpless or impotent
arbiter
N - one having power to decide a matter at issue; a judge, umpire
bizarre
Adj - extremely strange, unusual, atypical
anomalous
Adj - abnormal, irregular, departing from the usual
cajole
V - to coax, persuade through flattery or artifice; to deceive with soothing thoughts or false promises
immutable
Adj - not subject to change, constant
castigate
V - to punish severely; criticize severely
contrive
V - to plan with ingenuity, invent; to bring about as the result of a scheme or plan
brusque
Adj - abrupt, blunt, with no formalities