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disrepute
n. state of not being reputable
flout
(towards a rule, law etc.) disregard, treat with disdain; show contempt for
antithesis
1. the exact opposite of 2. a contrast or opposition (between two things) 3. (hegelian philosophy) negation of a thesis
contentious
controversial, subject of intense argument
diffuse
1. adj. scattered, not concentrated, vague 2. v. cause something to spread or scatter
flaccid
1. (fml) flabby, soft and weak 2. (dis) weak and non-effective
flippant
not serious when appropriate while attempting to be funny or clever, cheeky, facetious
captious
adj. hard to please
dictum
a proclamation from authority; a conventional truth
amenable
open to persuasion or influence
disavow
v. claim not to have knowledge of
foible
n. small weakness
askance
1. with a sideways glance 2. with suspicion, disapproval, doubt
dispassionate
unbiased, not affected by emotion; calm
countervail
v. act against with equal force
diffidence
shyness and modesty (resulting from a lack of confidence)
anterior
adj. at the front of
hypothetical
1. based on a hypothesis 2. existing only in theory
grievous
serious, severe, causing great pain
clamor
n. the yell of a crowd
cull
kill a proportion of the population of; (with object) to collect, choose
feral
adj. like a wild animal
abate
1. become less strong or severe 2. (law) reduce
counteract
v. act in opposition to
dilapidated
adj. old, falling apart
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