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deviation from the norm/oddity
syn: incongruity. inconsistency, abnormality, exception, deviation, eccentricity, unorthodoxy, aberration
to make milder/less sever; to appease
syn: allay, alleviate, appease, calm, conciliate, ease, lighten, lull, mitigate, mollify, pacify, palliate, placate, quench, sate, satisfy, sweeten, temper, tranquilize
a puzzling or inexplicable occurrence, situation, person, or saying; a puzzle
syn: bewilderment, conundrum, crux, cryptogram, parable, puzzle, riddle, stickler
allowing the possibility of several different meanings especially to deceive; of doubtful nature or significance
syn: borderline, disreputable, dubious, evasive, indeterminate, oblique, obscure, problematic, questionable, unclear, unexplicit, vague
characterized by great knowledge; learned or scholarly
syn: bright, brilliant, intellectual, sapient, smart, intelligent
heated or vehement in spirit, enthusiasm, etc.