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  1. prevaricate
    speak or act in an evasive way
  2. misogyny
    hatred or dislike of females
  3. bloviation
    "public figure (politician/actor/etc) who makes outlandish, strident statements on issues, thinking that the average man cares"
  4. flippant
    not showing a serious or respectful attitude
  5. subterfuge
    deceit used in order to achieve one's goal
  6. zeal
    enthusiastic devotion to a cause
  7. appease
    pacify or placate (someone) by acceding to their demands
  8. lucid
    expressed clearly- easy to understand
  9. gentrified
    shift in urban community toward wealthier residents
  10. despot
    "ruler who holds absolute power, typically exercising it in a cruel or oppressive way"
  11. fibrillation
    (ventricular) is an irregular and uncoordinated contraction of the cardiac muscle of the ventricles.
  12. Caligula
    nickname of a certain dynasty of Roman emperors
  13. diatribe
    forceful bitter attack against someone/something
  14. clairvoyant
    able to see beyond ordinary perception
  15. ambivalence
    having mixed feelings : being unable to choose between two (usually conflicting) courses of action
  16. pacifist
    against war and violence
  17. neurotic
    always fearful/worried about something : tending to worry in a way that is not healthy
  18. Jargon
    special words that are used by a particular profession or group and are difficult for others to understand.
  19. Precocious
    of a child : having or showing the qualities or abilities of an adult at an unusually early age
  20. Xenophobic
    Having or showing an intense or irrational dislike or fear of people from other countries
  21. Insidious
    In-sid-ee-uhs - - Intended to entrap -- deceitful -- operating in an inconspicuous or seemingly harmless way but actually with grave effect
  22. Acquiesce
    To submit or comply silently without protest
  23. Tacit
    Understood without being openly expressed- implied
  24. Malignant
    Disposed to cause harm
  25. Benign
    Favorable
  26. Maitre D
    Host or Hostess at a restaurant
  27. Forlorn
    Pitifully sad and abandoned or lonely
  28. Ethos
    "The fundamental character or spirit of a culture- the underlying sentiment that informs the beliefs, customs, or practices of a group or society"
  29. Largesse
    Money or gifts given generously
  30. Ethnocentric
    evaluating other peoples and cultures according to the standards of one's own culture.
  31. Acrimony
    Bitterness or ill feeling
  32. Statute
    "Legislation of a city, state or country. Law basically"
  33. Condescending
    Showing that you believe that you are more intelligent or better than other people
  34. Austere
    Simple or plain : not fancy. Unadorned. Simple. Harsh. Having few pleasures.
  35. Ambivalent
    Uncertainty. Mixed feelings.
  36. Ostentatious
    "Displaying wealth, knowledge, etc. in a way that is meant to attract attention, envy, or admiration. Flamboyant. Flashy. "
  37. Ancillary
    "Providing necessary support to the primary activities or operations of an organization, system, industry or institution."
  38. Salient
    "Very important or noticeable. Jetting upward. Projecting beyond a line, surface or level. Standing out conspicuously. Prominent."
  39. Conspicuous
    Very easy to see or notice
  40. Alimony
    Spousal support
  41. Hegemony
    "Leadership or dominance, especially by one country or social group over others."
  42. Tumultuous
    "Excited, confused, disorderly- making a loud confused noise- uproarious"
  43. Apropos of
    "Concerning. ""Approps of that topic"""
  44. Congenitally
    Inherently
  45. Congeniality
    "Agreeable, pleasing"
  46. Antipathy
    A deep seated feeling of dislike- aversion
  47. Extradition
    Official process whereby one country transfers a suspected or convicted criminal to another country
  48. Affidavit
    "A written statement confirmed by oath or affirmation, for use as evidence in court"
  49. Altruist
    A person unselfishly concerned for or devoted to the welfare of others (opposed to egoist)
  50. Dexterous
    clever - mentally adroit and skillful
  51. Pedantry
    Presentation or application of knowledge or learning
  52. Pompous
    "Having or showing the attitude of people who speak and behave in very formal and serious way because they believe that they are better, smarter or more important than other people"
  53. Penchant
    A strong liking for something or a strong tendency to behave in a certain way
  54. Cathartic
    Providing psychological relief through open expression of strong emotions- causing catharsis (crying)
  55. Cloister
    "To confine in retirement, seclude- to confine in a monastery or convent"
  56. Subversion
    a systematic attempt to overthrow or undermine a government or political system by persons working secretly from within
  57. Indignation
    anger aroused by something that is unfair or wrong
  58. Endemic
    aboriginal - growing or existing in a certain place
  59. Pernicious
    "Having a harmful effect, especially in a gradual or subtle way"
  60. Prosaic
    "Common, dull,"
  61. Crass
    "rude, insensitive - having or showing no understanding of what is proper or acceptable"
  62. Subjugate
    "conquer - to defeat and gain control of (someone/something) by the use of force - to conquer and gain the obedience of a group of people, country, etc."
  63. Patriarchy
    "a family, group, or government controlled by a man or a group of men - a social system in which family members are related through their fathers"
  64. Ostensibly
    assumed - seeming or said to be true or real but very possibly not true or real
  65. Contempt
    disdain - a feeling that someone or something is not worthy of any respect or consideration
  66. Fountainhead
    principle source - a spring that is the source of a stream
  67. Complicit
    Involved with others in an illegal activity or wrongdoing
  68. Contrite
    Feeling or expressing remorse or penitence- affected by guilt
  69. Pronounce
    To formally or authoritatively declare or announce something
  70. Imperious
    assuming power or authority without justification- arrogant and domineering.
  71. Gapeseed
    "British Dialect. a person who gapes or stares in wonder, especially a rustic or unworldly person who is easily awed."
  72. Demigod/ess
    An extremely impressive or important person- a person who seems like a god in some way- a deified mortal
  73. Deprave
    To make bad- corrupt- especially : to corrupt morally
  74. Patronize
    1. To talk to someone in a way that shows that you believe you are more intelligent or better than other people- to treat someone in a condescending manner. 2. to be a frequent customer of a place
  75. Condescending
    Showing or characterized by a patronizing or superior attitude toward others
  76. Condescend
    To put aside one's dignity or superiority voluntarily and assume equality with one regarded as inferior
  77. Appease
    To bring to a state of peace- pacify- soothe
  78. Conciliate
    To overcome the distrust or hostility of- placate- win over
  79. Ideology
    "The body of doctrine, myth, belief, etc., that guides an individual, social movement, institution, class, or large group"
  80. Collude
    "To act together through a secret understanding, especially with evil or harmful intent"
  81. Hitherto
    "until now, up to this or that time"
  82. Puritanical
    prim - very strict especially concerning morals and religion
  83. Estrange
    alienate - to cause someone to be no longer involved or connected with something
  84. Bigot
    "dogmatist - a person who strongly and unfairly dislikes other people, ideas, etc."
  85. Reproach
    "rebuke - a cause or occasion of blame, discredit or disgrace"
  86. Pejorative
    belittling - a word or phrase that has negative connotations or that is intended to disparage
  87. Impetuous
    "acting or done quickly and without thought, controlled by emotion rather than thought"
  88. Convivial
    "Friendly, lively, and enjoyable"
  89. Revelry
    "Lively and noisy festivities, especially when these involve drinking a large amount of alcohol"
  90. Happenstance
    A chance happening or event
  91. Parkinson's Law
    the amount of time which one has to perform a task is the amount of time it will take to complete the task.
  92. Pareto's Principle
    "80/20 - e.g., 80% of revenues are made by 20% of customers"
  93. Moore's Law
    the number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles every 2 years
  94. Murphy's Law
    "anything that can go wrong, will."
  95. Epithet
    alias - a word or phrase that describes a person or thing
  96. demagogue
    agitator - a political leader who tries to get support by making false claims and promises and using arguments based on emotion rather than reason
  97. charlatan
    impostor - a person who falsely pretends to know or be something in order to deceive people
  98. prodigious
    "amazing or wonderful, very big"
  99. Prodigal
    Extravagant - carelessly and foolishly spending money, time, etc.
  100. Rebuke
    chide - to criticize sharply

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