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anomaly
irregularity or deviation from the norm
The main character from the Matrix triology, Neo, was considered to be an anomaly of the matrix.
beneficient
kindly, charitable, doing good deeds; producing good effects
The new fertilizer was a beneficient addition to the garden.
cacophony
jarring, unpleasant noise
The cacaphony that erupted during the middle of the night woke everyone in the house.
consolidate
to combine, incorporate
In efforts to dominate the entertainment market, AOL and Time Warner consolidated their companies into one.
deferential
respectful and polite in a submissive way
The secretary was deferential when addressing his boss for the first time.
erudite
learned, scholarly
The erudite physician formulated over fifty unique theorems after reading nearly every medical text in the library.
forgo
to go without, refrain from
The president decided to forgo the addition of the new clause in the business charter.
gratuitous
free, voluntary, unnecessary and unjustified
Many critics claim that the gratuitous brutality and gore detracted from the full message of The Passion of The Christ.
hackneyed
worn out by overuse
Though his favorite shoes were hackneyed, he refused to throw them out.
ignoble
dishonorable, not noble in character
The patriarch of the intolerant family denoted his homosexual son as ignoble, and a disgrace to the family name.
inhibit
to hold back, prevent, restrain
Straighjackets are used to inhibit movement in patients who are considered dangerous to both themselves and their caretakers.
juggernaut
huge force destroying everything in its path
The tornado was considered a true juggernaut for it reduced an entire county to rubble.
lionize
to treat as a celebrity
The media tends to lionize high profile criminals.
maudlin
overly sentimental
Her maudlin demeanor and penchant for crying excessively at emotional movies annoyed her comparably insensitive boyfriend.
nether
located under or below
The city's nether region was predominately sewer pipes and electrical wiring.
obdurate
stubborn
A group of obdurate men stood their ground, even as their comrades fled.
panoply
impressive array
The exposition revealed a panoply of firearms that warranted praise from even the most avid of gun collectors.
perfunctory
done in a routine way, indifferent
His perfunctory approach to school work was reflected in his average grades.
querelous
inclined to complain; irritable
Toddlers who are brought into department stores are often querelous.
reactionary
marked by extreme conservatism, especially in politics
Many Democrats claim the current President is a reactionary.
sacrosanct
extremely sacred; beyond criticism
The faith of Islam regards their god as sacrosanct.
taciturn
uncommunicative, not inclined to speak much
The prisoner was taciturn until threatened with torture.
upbraid
to scold sharply
My mother began to upbraid me for laughing at my peer's misfortune.
vanquish
to conquer, defeat
The American forces began to vanquish the enemy with relative ease.
wan
sickly pale
After viewing the preparation of meat in on the slaughter house tour, many on the class field trip became wan.