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bourgeois
belonging to, characteristic of, or consisting of the middle class
intransigent
uncompromising; inflexible; unyielding
maudlin
tearfully or weakly emotional
transient
not lasting, enduring, or permanent
pantheon
a domed circular temple in Rome; 2) the place of the heroes or idols of any group
expatiate
to describe or discuss at great length
bastion
stronghold; fortress; fortified place
plethora
excess or superabundance
touchstone
a standard; a test of authenticity or quality
utopia
a place or state of ideal perfection
zenith
the point in the sky directly above the observer; 2) highest point or state
usurp
to seize and hold (a position, office, power, etc…) by force or without legal right
synopsis
a brief or condensed statement giving a general view of some subject
sanctimonious
making a hypocritical show of religious devotion, piety, righteousness, etc…
melee
a confused, general, hand-to-hand fight; 2) confusion, jumble
Machiavellian
cunning or deceitful
lampoon
to satirize; to mock; to parody
juxtapose
to place together or side by side, especially for comparison or contrast
flagrant
outrageously glaring, noticeable, or evident
blatant
brazenly obvious; 2) offensively noisy
assiduous
hardworking, busy; quite diligent
sublime
elevated or lofty in thought, language, etc…
prognosticate
to forecast or predict (something future) from present indications or signs
bucolic
charmingly rural; rustic; countrylike
cajole
to persuade by flattery or promises
ostentatious
excessively conspicuous; showing off
milieu
environment; surroundings
deleterious
injurious to health
genre
a type or category, especially of art or writing
vitriolic
caustic; full of bitterness
aberration
the act of straying from the right, normal, or usual course
commensurate
equal; proportionate
impeccable
faultless; 2) not liable to sin
peccadillo
a petty sin or offense; a small fault
lucid
clear; easy to understand
onomatopoeia
the formation of a word, as cuckoo or boom, by imitation of a sound made by its referent
preempt
to seize something by prior right
egregious
remarkable or extraordinary in some bad way; glaring
sequester
to remove or withdraw into solitude or retirement
attrition
gradual wearing away, weakening, or loss; a natural or expected decrease in numbers or size
beleaguer
to surround with annoyances or troubles
erudite
scholarly; deeply learned
extradite
to give up (a fugitive or prisoner) to another nation or authority
extrapolate
to project or deduce from something known
esoteric
hard to understand; understood by only a few