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Conscientious

(of a person) wishing to do what is right, especially to do one's work or duty well and thoroughly.

Conscientious people often wrote about their children, while people with open personalities didn't shy away from sharing political views or social itinerary.

maul

(of an animal) wound (a person or animal) by scratching and tearing.

Singh’s reputation, already mauled in two books

succumb

Fail to resist (pressure, temptation, or some other negative force).

It’s very easy to succumb to the temptation of staying busy even when it is counterproductive

predisposition

A liability or tendency to suffer from a particular condition, hold a particular attitude, or act in a particular way.

It’s very easy to succumb to the temptation of staying busy even when it is counterproductive: It is the way our brains are wired. But there is a remedy that we can employ to translate that predisposition into productivity.

ignominy

Public shame or disgrace.

Because it looks and feels better to have missed the ball by diving (an action) in the wrong direction than to have the ignominy of watching the ball go sailing by and never to have moved.

vanity (n.)

an excessive concern for one's appearance; excessive pride in or admiration of one's own appearance or achievements

Ex: Mark's ~ led him to spend far too much money on haircuts and new clothes.

vulnerable (adj.)

Exposed to possible harm

Ex: Babies and very old people are especially ~ to the new disease.Usage Tips: ~ is often followed by a to phrase.

vape

It originated as an abbreviation of vapour or vaporize. the verb means ‘to inhale andexhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device’, while both the device and the action can also be known as a vape. The associated noun vaping is also listed.

chore

A routine task, especially a household one.

We procrastinate when it comes to exercise, even when we know it’s good for us. Even when we know that we’ll feel better afterward. It sucks because it’s just another difficult chore that we’re adding to our already full days.

perverse

(of a person or their actions) showing a deliberate and obstinate desire to behave in a way that is unreasonable or unacceptable, often in spite of the consequences.

but I might have a perverse idea of what fun is. Your idea of fun might be very different.

ob·sti·nate

Stubbornly refusing to change one's opinion or chosen course of action, despite attempts to persuade one to do so.

stigma

A mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person.

He is a victim of the stigma he could face as a gay man.

unwitting

(of a person) not aware of the full facts.

She is the unwitting victim, he is merely unwilling.

pseudonyms

A fictitious name, especially one used by an author.

con·done

Accept and allow (behavior that is considered morally wrong or offensive) to continue.

It seemed as if the conference was condoning the duplicity.

complacent

Showing smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one's achievements.

I think it is always best to believe that you haven't understand anything completely. If you believe that you have understood something completely, you will feel complacent

her·e·sy

Belief or opinion contrary to orthodox religious (especially Christian) doctrine.

“Those who wish to seek out the cause of miracles and to understand the things of nature as philosophers, and not to stare at them in astonishment like fools, are soon considered heretical and impious,

cloak

An outdoor overgarment, typically sleeveless, that hangs loosely from the shoulders.

The greatest secret of monarchic rule...is to keep men deceived and to cloak in the specious name of religion the fear by which they must be checked, so that they will fight for slavery as they would for salvation, and will think it not shameful, but a most honorable achievement, to give their life and blood that one man may have a ground for boasting.”

servitude

The state of being a slave or completely subject to someone more powerful.

“The supreme mystery of despotism, its prop and stay, is to keep men in a state of deception, and with the specious title of religion to cloak the fear by which they must be held in check, so that they will fight for their servitude as if for salvation.”

re·proach

Address (someone) in such a way as to express disapproval or disappointment.

strive

Make great efforts to achieve or obtain something.

wretch·ed

(of a person) in a very unhappy or unfortunate state.

infirmity

Physical or mental weakness.

“Human infirmity in moderating and checking the emotions I name bondage : for, when a man is a prey to his emotions, he is not his own master, but lies at the mercy of fortune : so much so, that he is often compelled, while seeing that which is better for him, to follow that which is worse.”

reprove

Reprimand or censure (someone).

rep·ri·mand : A rebuke, especially an official one.





cen·sure

Express severe disapproval of (someone or something), typically in a formal statement.

“The superstitious, who know how to reprove vices rather than how to teach virtues, and who strive, not to lead people by reason, but to restrain them by fear in such a way that they flee what is bad rather than love the virtues, simply intend all other people to be as miserable as they are, and so it is not surprising that they are for the most part irksome and hateful to human beings.”

idiosyncratic

Of or relating to idiosyncrasy; peculiar or individual.

eccentric

(of a person or their behavior) unconventional and slightly strange.

“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”

suzerainty

Suzerainty (/ˈsjuːzərənti/ or /ˈsjuːzərɛnti/) is a situation in which a powerful region or people controls the foreign affairs of a tributary vassal state while allowing the subservient nation internal autonomy.[1] The dominant entity in the suzerainty relationship, or the more powerful entity itself, is called a suzerain.

subordinate

Lower in rank or position.

zenith(n)

the time at which something is most powerful or successful."in 1977, punk was at its zenith"