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Utopia
a place or state of perfect social and political conditions
perfect, conditions...
Declaim
to recite something in teh style of a public speech; to speak in a loud theatrical way
recite
coalesce
to grow together, to unite to form a whole
together
obdurate
resistant to persuasion, inflexible
resistant
demagogue
a leader who seeks power by appealing to people's emotions and prejudices and by making false claims
false claims
sedulous
completed with careful perserverance; diligent
diligent
acolyte
one who attends or assists; a follower
follower
trenchant
expressed with vigor and penetrating insight; keenly perceptive
keen
prescience
foresight; knowledge beforehand of events
foresight
covert
not openly acknowledged; secret
secret
delineate
to describe vividly in detail
vivid
bibulous
given to the consumption of alcoholic drinks
drinking
encomium
an expression of warm and enthusiastiv praise; a tribute
tribute
valedictory
a farewell adress
farewell
protagonist
the chief character in a drama or story
character
immure
to confine within or as if within walls; to imprison
imprison
internecine
marked by slaughter; mutually destructive
destructive
quadrennial
occuring every four years
four
absolve
to clear guilt, or to free from a promise or a responsiblity
clear guilt
germane
pertinent and fitting
fitting
adumbrate
to foreshadow in an indirect way; to outline in a sketchy way
sketchy
congenital
existing at or dating from birth
birth
ineluctable
not to be avoided or changed; inevitable
inevitable
elan
a lively spirit with a distinctive style
style
invoke
to appeal to earnestly
appealing
apothegm
a short, instructive saying
saying
hiatus
a gap in time
gap
prototype
a thing that serves as an example, the original
original
aspersion
a defamatory expression; slander
slander
coadjuator
one who works with another
assistant
apothecary
one who prepares and sells ointments, drugs, and similar items for medicinal purposes
dad
charlatan
on who falsely claims
false
imbibe
to comsume, absord mentally
absorb
ascetic
refraining from self-indulgence
refrain from being cocky
perennial
lasting indefinitly or recurring
indefinite
amalgam
an alloy of mercury and other metals
alloy
flora
plants considered as a group in a particular area
plants
denizen
an in habitant, resident or frequenter
citizen
beneficent
doing or preducing good
beneficial
savant
person with detailed knowledge in a specialized feild
save info on one topic
antediluvian
very old fashioned
old
obviate
to prevent or make unecessary, to get rid of
obliviate...to rid
nostrum
a medicine or remedy whole effectiveness has not been proven
a remedy..not proven
putative
commonly excepted or supposed
simply "put"
doyen
a senior member of a group, especailly one who is highly respected
senior
expatiate
to speak or write about in great detail
detail
laudable
praiseworthy
applaudable
ostensible
only seeming so
apparent
mandate
clear command or instruction
command
mandate
clear command or instruction
command
benighted
existing in a state of darkness
dark, night
credo
a strongly held belief or custom
custom
iconoclast
one who attacks established beliefs
attacks believers
approbation
expresion of approval, praise
praise
eschew
to shun, stay away from
shew, shun
recalcitrant
unwilling to accept another's authority; stubbornly defiant
defiant
empirical
based on experiance or observation as opposed to theory
based on
risible
provoking or causing laughter
laughter
bourgeois
middle class
middle
indigence
extreme poverty
dig
stultify
to render useless
weaken
chicanery
clever diception through misleading
clever
stratagem
clever scheme for gaining an end
scheme
egregious
conspicuously bad, flagrant
bad
pecuniary
having to do with money
money
archaic
relating or belonging to earlier time
earlier time
paroxysm
sudden violent uncontrolable action
uncontrolable
rectitude
high moral character
tude
vandetta
blood feud
execrate
to utterly abhor, to denounce as detestable
to hate
carouse
to take part in drunken merrymaking
merry
fealty
faithfullness, allegiance
faithful
dissemble
to conceal with an intent to decieve
decieving
microcosm
a small system that operates or developes like a larger system
system
contentious
causing or marked by arguement or conflict
opposite of content
ramification
an outgrowth of a simple idea or plan
outgrowth
insidious
seemingly harmless but actually being dangerous
seems harmless
genealogy
study of the history of you family or how they are related to eachother
genes
brackish
salty
precursor
person or thing that comes before and indicate approach of another
PRE
topor
state of mental or physical sluggishness
slug
dolorous
causing or marked by pain misery or sorrow
misery
inebriated
deprived of good sense of judgement
drunk
presentiment
feeling that somehting is about to occur
PRE
endemic
widespread to a certain area
epidemic
cognitive
relating to mental processes
mental
actuate
to cause to put into mechanical motion
motion
dissertation
a lengthy discussion of topic
paper
fecund
intellectually or artistically productive, creative
creative
interloper
one who intrudes on or interferes in the affairs of others
interferer
egregious
conspicuously bad, flagernant
bad
abjure
to renounce formally, under oath
amorphous
without a definite shape, formless
animus
an attitude or spirit within a person that strongly influences him or her

a deep seated ill will
dichotomy
division into two distint parts
exemplar
an example or model, and ideal one
herculean
of extraordinary power, size, or difficulty
inchoate
not fully formed or realized, just begun
invidious
likely to cause resentment
mélange
mixture of disimilar things
nefarious
very wicked
nihilism
veiwpoint which denies meaning of life
ratify
to approve, or verify
subsume
to encompass in a larger or more comprehensive group; to include
variegated
varied as to form, type or color
vitiate
to impair or weaken
aborigine
an original inhabitant
abrogate
to put an end to; to abolish or repeal
appurtenance
an item of equipment; accesory
bivouac
a temporary camp/shelter, to stay in such a camp
cetacean
a member of the order of marine mammals that includes whales and dolphins
decry
to criticize strongly; to denounce
desuetude
a sate of disuse
leviathan
anything that is of enourmaous size
mawkish
excessively sentimental
misapprehen
to fail to understand correctly
parochial
limited or narrow in scope or outlook-of or related to church
purvey
to be in the buissness of supplying goods, especially food or provisions, for use
recourse
a turning to someone or something for aid
replete
well supplied, full
waive
to give up as a right, to forgo
apposite
highly relevant, apt
calumny
a false accuasation meant to hurt someone's rep; slander
domain
an area or territory over which control is exercised, a field of knowledge
dorsal
of on or near the back
enervate
to lessen the vigor of, to engeeble
epicure
one with descriminating taste, especially but not exclusively realting to food and drink
exculpate
to clear from alleged guilt or fault
heterogenious
differing in kin or parts, varied
infinitesimal
extremely small in size or quantity
lateral
of at from or towards the side
primeval
of or realting to the earliest ages
quintessence
the best or most typical example
serrated
haveing a saw toothed edge
veritable
being in fact the thing named or described; literally so
viviparous
producing living young instead of eggs, in the manner of most mammals
acumen
keeness of the mind; shredmess
apotheosis
the elecation of a person or thing to divine status
askew
turned or tweisted to one side, out of line
chasten
to correct or improve by discipling; to cause to be more careful
demarcation
the act or process of setting a boundary
dictum
a statement or pronouncement
erstwhile
of an earlier time, former
forte
an activity at which a person exceeds
habitue
a person who regularly goes to a particular place
nonplus
to couse to be at a loss as to what to say or do
peripatetic
of or relating to going from plave to place, especially on foot
prodigal
one who spends lavishly or wastefully
sycophant
one who uses flattery to win favor or to ingratieate him or herslef
vacuous
lacking intelligence or idas; intellectuallty emptiness
wraith
a shadowy or ghostlike figure
cacophony
harsh or jarring sound
confrere
comrade; colleague
convoke
to summon or call together for a meeting
filial
of relating to or befitting a son or daughter
fractious
tending to be troublesome; irritable
fulminate
to express with denunciation often in an exploseve way
jocular
give to or characterized by joking;playful
nugatory
having no force or effect
obloquy
an utterance of kenunciation, the condition of one who is held in contmpt for a shamelful action
palpable
easy to touch or feel, heasy to see hear or recognize
parity
equality of rand or value
peruse
to read through something either casually or closely
polemic
an argument to refute a position or opinion, one who aggressively advocates a position
supplicate
to ask for humbly, to plead/beg
temporize
to act evasively in order to achieve a compromise or to gain time