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malapropism
ludicrous misuse of a word
nonplussed
perplexed
postlude
concluding section
hierarchy
ranking
portly
stout
interdiction
prohibition
vide
see
omnibus
covering many things
monolithic
massive and uniform
imponderable
difficult to ponder
benediction
blessing
incredulous
not believing
omniscient
all-knowing
neophyte
beginner
unilateral
one-sided
hypothecate
pledge as security
heterodox
unorthodox
paterfamilias
male head of family
putative
thought-to-be
aver
affirm or declare
megaton
force of a million tons of dynamite
sangfroid
cold-blooded composure
alter ego
second self
altercation
heated dispute
contravene
go against
confluence
a flowing together
circumlocution
talking in circles
soliloquy
speech to oneself
mollify
make soft
gregarious
sociable
declaim
speak rhetorically
sotto voce
in a low voice
translucent
semitransparent
forte
strong point
fortissimo
very loudly
acerbity
sharpness of temper
perambulate
wander through
perfidy
breach of faith
impugn
attack as false
non sequitur
an idea which does not follow
egocentric
self-centered
loquacious
talkative
sacrosanct
sacred
cacophony
bad noise
tangible
touchable
obiter dictum
passing remark
obsequious
servilely following
abase
to lower
pathetic fallacy
ascribing to feelings to things
rationcination
methodical thinking
mutatis mutandis
with necessary changes
interstice
small space
terra incognita
unknown land
sedate
calm
retort
swift reply
nihilism
belief in nothing
supersede
replace
inanimate
lifeless
condescend
lower oneself
epigram
witty comment
anthropocentric
man-centered
gastronome
a gourmet or epicure
autodidact
self-taught person
monism
doctrine that reality is one
in medias res
in the middle of things
lycanthrope
werewolf
circumambient
surrounding
transmogrify
change form
reify
treat as real
au contraire
to the contrary
vivacious
lively
circumvent
get around
heliotropic
sun-following
exculpate
free from blame
introspective
inward looking
a priori
from theory
a posteriori
from observation
parthenogenesis
unfertilized birth
assonance
vowel repetition
objurgation
rebuke
demotic
of the common people
soporific
sleep-inducing
internecine
mutually destructive
sesquipedalian
very long (words)
sui generis
unique
plutocracy
government of wealthy
delineate
to outline
dichotomy
two-part division
epiphany
revelation
tortuous
twisting
thanotopsis
view of death
vacuous
stupidly empty of ideas
lucubration
late studying
ex cathedra
from the throne
legerdemain
sleight of hand
suspiration
deep sign
nepotism
favoritism to relatives
synoptic
general in view
lionize
treat as a celebrity
assiduous
persevering
subterfuge
evasive dodge
bon vivant
indulger in luxury
saturnine
gloomy and remote
sedentary
sitting
pusillanimous
small-minded
syllogism
three-part deduction
metonymy
association name
anaphora
repetition in successive phrases
bowdlerize
censor prudishly
locus classicus
classical example
reiterate
repeat
desultory
rambling
funambulist
tightrope walker
lyssophobia
fear of insanity
idee fixe
obsession
schism
division
apotheosis
raising to a god status
precursor
forerunner
cosmology
study of the universe
euphony
beautiful sound
prolix
tediously wordy
narcissism
self-infatuation
miscreant
evil unbeliever
physiognomy
facial character
patrician
aristocratic
apostasy
desertion of principle
hedonism
devotion to pleasure
sententious
full of maxims
on the qui vive
on the alert
manumission
release from slavery
sanction
authorize
terra firma
firm land
synopsis
summary
colloquy
conversation
in loco parentis
in place of the parents
valediction
farewell speech
protagonist
leading person
maladroit
clumsy
stoicism
indifference to sensation
sarcophagus
stone coffin
ignominious
disgraceful
surrealistic
unrealistically imaginary
analects
selected writings
expository
explanatory
exegesis
critical interpretation
magnum opus
great work
moribund
dying
supercilious
scornful
diction
word choice
emissary
messenger