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deference
Submission or courteous respect given to another, often in recognition of authority
bête noire
Someone/something that is particularly disliked or that is to be avoided
equivocate
1. To use equivocal language in an attempt to mislead. 2. To speak or write in an indecisive or noncommittal manner.
astringent
Sharp and penetrating; pungent or severe; (medicine) 1. causing contraction or constriction of soft tissue; styptic
lacuna
1. gap or missing part, as in a manuscript, series, or logical argument; hiatus; 2. one of the numerous minute cavities in the substance of bone, supposed to contain nucleate cells.
latitude
1. Distance north or south on the Earth's surface, measured in degrees from the equator 2. scope for freedom of e.g. action or thought; freedom from restriction
jammy
(UK informal) 1. very lucky; 2. easy, pleasant, desirable
dinkum
(Australia) genuine, authentic
perfidious
deliberately faithless; treacherous; deceitful
dox
(Slang) to publish someone's private information or reveal the identity of an online poster without the consent of that individual
minatory
menacing, threatening
nugatory
1. of little value; trifling. 2. having no force; ineffective
coruscant
Giving off flashes of light; glittering, sparkling
milliner
One that makes, trims, designs, or sells hats (for women)
runnel
1. A rivulet; a brook. 2. a narrow channel, as for water
pontificate
1. to speak or behave in a pompous or dogmatic manner 2. to discharge the duties of a pontiff
pontiff
1. the pope, 2. a bishop
dogmatic
1. forcibly asserting opinions as if authoritative and unchallengeable; 2. based on assumption rather than empirical observation
dogma
1. A doctrine relating to matters such as morality and faith, set forth in an authoritative manner by a religion. 2. A principle or statement of ideas, or a group of such principles or statements, esp. when considered authoritative or accepted uncritically
squabble
To engage in a bad-tempered argument, often over a trivial matter; bicker
grizzled
1. (partly) gray 2. having gray or partly gray hair/fur
raconteur
One who tells stories and anecdotes with skill and wit
ultracrepidarian
noting or pertaining to a person who criticizes, judges, or gives advice outside the area of his or her expertise
adoral
Located toward the side or end where the mouth is located, especially in animals which don’t have clear upper and lower sides
sophistry
1. a subtle, tricky, superficially plausible, but generally fallacious method of reasoning. 2. a false argument; sophism.
jejune
dull, uninteresting, without significance; juvenile, childish; uninformed; lacking nutrition
mordacious
1. given to biting, 2. sharp/caustic in tone, style etc.
larceny
(law) technical term for theft
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