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abstinent
voluntarily not doing something, especially something pleasant
broach
to open up for a subject for discussion, often a delicate subject
catalyst
anyone or anything that makes something happen without being directly involved in it
emulate
to strive to be equal or excel, usually through imitation
felicity
happiness; skillfulness, especially at expressing htings; adeptness
fervor
great warmth or earnestness; ardor
immutable
unchangeable
judicious
excercising sound judgment
laconic
using few words, especially to the point of seeming rude
malleable
easy to shape or bend
nebulous
vague; hazy; indistinct
notorious
famous for something bad
abstract
theoretical; impersonal
brevity
briefness
categorical
unconditional; absolute
deference
submission to another's will; respect; courtesy
empirical
relying on experience or observation; not merely theoretical
fetter
to restrain; to hamper
hypothetical
uncertain; unproven
ideology
a system of social or political ideas
juxtapose
place side by side
kinetic
having to do with motion; lively; active
labyrinth
a maze; something like a maze
lament
to mourn
paltry
insignificant; worthless
abstruse
hard to understand
blatant
unpleasantly or offensively noisy; glaring
catharsis
purification that brings emotional relief or renewal
definitive
conclusive; providing the last word
eminent
well-known and respected; standing out from all the others in quality or accomplishment
fidelity
faithfulness; loyalty
figurative
expressing something in terms usually used for something else; metaphorical
homogeneous
uniform; made entirely of one thing
idiosyncrasy
peculiarity; an eccentricity
languish
to become weak; listless, or depressed
malinger
to pretend to be sick to avoid doing work
nepotism
showing favoritism to friends or family in business or politics
nihilism
the belief that there are no values or morals in the universe