Glossary

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Abject

  • Sunk to or existing in a low state or condition : very bad or severe

Acquisition

  • The act of acquiring something

Agility

  • The quality or state of being agile : NIMBLENESS, DEXTERITY

Amazon

  • A member of a race of female warriors of Greek mythology

Ambiguously

  • Doubtful or uncertain especially from obscurity or indistinctness

Anecdote

  • Usually short narrative of an interesting, amusing, or biographical incident

Anointment

  • To smear or rub with oil or an oily substance

Anticipatory

  • Characterized by anticipation : ANTICIPATING

Apropos

  • Being both relevant and opportune

Arbitrariness

  • Existing or coming about seemingly at random or by chance

Arbitrary

  • Existing or coming about seemingly at random or by chance or as a capricious and unreasonable act of will
  • Based on or determined by individual preference or convenience rather than by necessity or the intrinsic nature of something

Archduke

  • A sovereign prince

Arduous

  • Hard to accomplish or achieve : DIFFICULT

Assailed

  • To attack violently : ASSAULT

Assuaged

  • To lessen the intensity of

Assertiveness

  • Disposed to or characterized by bold or confident statements and behavioran
  • Having a strong or distinctive flavor or aroma

Asymmetry

  • Lack or absence of symmetry

Attaboy

  • Used to express encouragement, approval, or admiration
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Bastardization

  • To reduce from a higher to a lower state or condition
  • DEBASE

Beckoning

  • Attractive or inviting

Begets

  • To produce especially as an effect or outgrowth

Bigotry

  • Obstinate or intolerant devotion to one’s own opinions and prejudices

Bolstering

  • A structural part designed to eliminate friction or provide support or bearing

Boon

  • A timely benefit

Bouts

  • An athletic match (as of boxing)

Brutish

  • Resembling, befitting, or typical of a brute or beast
  • Strongly and grossly sensual
  • Showing little intelligence or sensibility

Buster

  • Someone or something extraordinary

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Catalyst

  • A substance that enables a chemical reaction to proceed at a usually faster rate or under different conditions (as at a lower temperature) than otherwise possible

Causation

  • The act or process of causing

Ceding

  • To yield or grant typically by treaty

Cetaceans

  • Any of an order (Cetacea) of aquatic mostly marine mammals that includes the whales, dolphins, porpoises, and related forms and that have a torpedo-shaped nearly hairless body, paddle-shaped forelimbs but no hind limbs, one or two nares opening externally at the top of the head, and a horizontally flattened tail used for locomotion

Cheery

  • Marked by cheerfulness or good spirits

Circa

  • At approximately, in approximately, or of approximately —used especially with dates

Coalesces

  • To grow together, to unite into a whole, to unite for a common end , join forces,  to arise from the combination of distinct elements

Coercive

  • Serving or intended to coerce

Collectivization

  • To organize by collectivism

Communal

  • Of or relating to one or more communes

Complexity

  • Something complex
  • The quality or state of being complex

Congregation

  • An assembly of persons : GATHERING

Consensus

  • The judgment arrived at by most of those concerned

Contemplation

  • Concentration on spiritual things as a form of private devotion

Continuum

  • A coherent whole characterized as a collection, sequence, or progression of values or elements varying by minute degrees

Contrived

  • Having an unnatural or false appearance or quality

Conundrum

  • An intricate and difficult problem

Convergence

  • The act of converging and especially moving toward union or uniformity

Coopted

  • To choose or elect as a member

Coquettes

  • A man who indulges in coquetry

Conundrum

  • An intricate and difficult problem

Correlation

  • The state or relation of being correlated

Cowering

  • To shrink away or crouch especially for shelter from something that menaces, domineers, or dismays

Creep

  • To move along with the body prone and close to the ground

Cul de Sac

  • A blind diverticulum or pouch
  • A street or passage closed at one end

Cursory

  • Rapidly and often superficially performed or produced

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Dastardly

  • Characterized by underhandedness or treachery

Dearth

  • Scarcity that makes dear

Delusional

  • Something that is falsely or delusively believed or propagated

Demagogues

  • A leader who makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power

Depiction

  • A representation in words or images of someone or something

Dervishes

  • A member of a Muslim religious order noted for devotional exercises (such as bodily movements leading to a trance)

Deviance

  • Deviant quality, state, or behavior

Discern

  • To detect with the eyes

Discernment

  • The quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure
  • skill in discerning

Disentangle

  • To free from entanglement

Disingenuously

  • Lacking in candor

Disintegration

  • The act or process of disintegrating or the state of being disintegrated

Dissipating

  • To break up and drive off

Dissipative

  • Relating to dissipation especially of heat

Dogmas

  • Something held as an established opinion

Drudgery

  • Dull, irksome, and fatiguing work : uninspiring or menial labor

Duress

  • Forcible restraint or restriction

Dysfunction

  • Impaired or abnormal functioning
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Ebbs

  • The reflux of the tide toward the sea

Egalitarianism

  • A belief in human equality especially with respect to social, political, and economic affairs
  •  A social philosophy advocating the removal of inequalities among people

Ego-centric

  • Concerned with the individual rather than society

Egregious

  • CONSPICUOUS

Elixir

  • A substance held capable of changing base metals into gold
  • A substance held capable of prolonging life indefinitely
  • CURE-ALL
  • A medicinal concoction
  • A sweetened liquid usually containing alcohol that is used in medication either for its medicinal ingredients or as a flavoring
  • The essential principle

Emergent

  • Arising unexpectedly

Encompass

  • To form a circle about : ENCLOSE
  • To go completely around

Enrage

  • To fill with rage : ANGER

Envisaging

  • To view or regard in a certain way

Epigenetic

  • Of, relating to, or produced by the chain of developmental processes in epigenesis that lead from genotype to phenotype after the initial action of the genes

Epistemology

  • The study or a theory of the nature and grounds of knowledge especially with reference to its limits and validity

Equilibrium

  • A state of intellectual or emotional balance

Eritrea

  • Country of northeastern Africa bordering on the Red Sea across from Yemen and Saudi Arabia; capital Asmara; became part of Ethiopia in 1962 and then became independent in 1993; area 45,406 square miles (117,600 square kilometers), population 5,971,000

Esoteric

  • Designed for or understood by the specially initiated alone

Espoused

  • To take up and support as a cause : become attached to

Eudaemonic

  • Producing happiness : based on the idea of happiness as the proper end of conduct

Existential

  • Of, relating to, or affirming existence

Expedient

  • Suitable for achieving a particular end in a given circumstance

Expounding

  • To explain by setting forth in careful and often elaborate detail

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Facets

  • Any of the definable aspects that make up a subject

Fallacy

  • A false or mistaken idea

Faltering

  • To walk unsteadily : STUMBLE

Faux

  • Made to look like something else that is usually more valuable : IMITATION, FAKE

Fiascos

  • A complete failure

Fiat

  • A command or act of will that creates something without or as if without further effort

Fiduciary

  • Held or founded in trust or confidence

Finetune

  • To adjust precisely so as to bring to the highest level of performance or effectiveness

Fodder

  • Something fed to domestic animals

Folks

  • Folk or folks plural : people generally

Fomented

  • To promote the growth or development of : ROUSE, INCITE

Fortuitous

  • Occurring by chance
  • Coming or happening by a lucky chance

Fracking

  • The injection of fluid into shale beds at high pressure in order to free up petroleum resources

Frenzy

  • A temporary madness
  • A violent mental or emotional agitation

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Gambit

  • A chess opening in which a player risks one or more pawns or a minor piece to gain an advantage in position

Gamma

  • The degree of contrast of a developed photographic image or of a video image

Gerrymandering

  • The practice of dividing or arranging a territorial unit into election districts in a way that gives one political party an unfair advantage in elections

Gestate

  • To be in the process of gestation

Gratification

  • A source of satisfaction or pleasure

Gushes

  • To issue copiously or violently

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Harbinger

  • Something that foreshadows a future event : something that gives an anticipatory sign of what is to come

Hardwired

  • Implemented in the form of permanent electronic circuits

Hedonic

  • Of, relating to, or characterized by pleasure
  • Of, relating to, or characterized by hedonism

Herd

  • A typically large group of animals of one kind kept together under human control

Homophobe

  • A person characterized by homophobia

Hung

  • Unable to reach a decision or verdict

Hybridization

  • To cause to produce hybrids

Hypothesize

  • To adopt as a hypothesis

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Iatrogenesis

  • Induced inadvertently by a physician or surgeon or by medical treatment or diagnostic procedures

Ideology-

  • A manner or the content of thinking characteristic of an individual, group, or culture
  • The integrated assertions, theories and aims that constitute a sociopolitical program
  • A systematic body of concepts especially about human life or culture
  • Visionary theorizing

Incarceration

  • Confinement in a jail or prison : the act of imprisoning someone or the state of being imprisoned

Inculcating

  • To teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions

Ineaquality

  • The quality of being unequal or uneven: such as
    a: social disparity
    b: disparity of distribution or opportunity
    c: lack of evenness
    d: the condition of being variable : CHANGEABLENESS
  • An instance of being unequal
  • A formal statement of inequality between two quantities usually separated by a sign of inequality (such as , or ≠ signifying respectively is less than, is greater than, or is not equal to)

Interdependence

  • The state of being dependent upon one another

Intricate

  • Having many complexly interrelating parts or elements.

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Juggernaut

  • A massive inexorable force, campaign, movement, or object that crushes whatever is in its path

Jungian

  • Of, relating to, or characteristic of C. G. Jung or his psychological doctrines

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Labyrinth

  • A place constructed of or full of intricate passageways and blind alleys

Lament

  • To mourn aloud : WAIL

Legalese

  • The specialized language of the legal profession

Ludicrous

  • Amusing or laughable through obvious absurdity, incongruity, exaggeration, or eccentricity

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Malfeasance

  • Wrongdoing or misconduct especially by a public official

Marvel

  • One that causes wonder or astonishment

Menacing

  • Presenting, suggesting, or constituting a menace or threat

Metaphor

  • A figure of speech in which a word or phrase literally denoting one kind of object or idea is used in place of another to suggest a likeness or analogy between them

Metaphoric

  • An object, activity, or idea treated as a metaphor

Minaret

  • A tall slender tower of a mosque having one or more balconies from which the summons to prayer is cried by the muezzin

Mitigate

  • To cause to become less harsh or hostile : MOLLIFY

Mongering

  • A person who attempts to stir up or spread something that is usually petty or discreditable —usually used in combination

Monks

  • A man who is a member of a religious order and lives in a monastery

Moot

  • Open to question : DEBATABLE
  • Subjected to discussion : DISPUTED

Mowed

  • A piled-up stack (as of hay or fodder)

Muck

  • Soft moist farmyard manure

Myriad

  • Having innumerable aspects or elements

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Narcissist

  • An extremely self-centered person who has an exaggerated sense of self-importance

Narcissus

  • A beautiful youth in Greek mythology who pines away for love of his own reflection and is then turned into the narcissus flower

Nascent

  • Coming or having recently come into existence

Nefarious

  • Flagrantly wicked or impious : EVIL

Neofascists

  • One who advocates or supports neofascism

Nodal

  • Being, relating to, or located at or near a node

Novocaine

  • Procaine in the form of its hydrochloride

Nuanced

  • Having nuances : having or characterized by subtle and often appealingly complex qualities, aspects, or distinctions

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Oblique

  • Neither perpendicular nor parallel

Obliterate

  • To remove utterly from recognition or memory

Ominous

  • Being or exhibiting an omen : PORTENTOUS

Onerous

  • Involving, imposing, or constituting a burden : TROUBLESOME

Ontology

  • A branch of metaphysics concerned with the nature and relations of being

Oppressed

  • Burdened by abuse of power or authority

Orthodoxy

  • The quality or state of being orthodox
  • An orthodox belief or practice

Overarching

  • Forming an arch overhead

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Paradox

  • A tenet contrary to received opinion
  • A statement that is seemingly contradictory or opposed to common sense and yet is perhaps true
  • Self-contradictory statement that at first seems true
  • An argument that apparently derives self-contradictory conclusions by valid deduction from acceptable premises

Parroted

  • A person who sedulously echoes another’s words

Partake

  • To take part in or experience something along with others

Pathology

  • The study of the essential nature of diseases and especially of the structural and functional changes produced by them

Pavlovian

  • Of or relating to Ivan Pavlov or to his work and theories

Pejorative

  • A word or phrase that has negative connotations

Pendulum

  • A body suspended from a fixed point so as to swing freely to and fro under the action of gravity and commonly used to regulate movements

Peril

  • Exposure to the risk of being injured, destroyed, or lost

Perturbing

  • Causing worry, upset, or concern : UNSETTLING

Pervasive

  • Existing in or spreading through every part of something

Potus

  • The president of the United States —often used like a nickname

Precariously

  • In a precarious manner

Preclude

  • To make impossible by necessary consequence

Preconception

  • A preconceived idea
  • PREJUDICE

Primal

  • ORIGINAL, PRIMITIVE

Prognostication

  • An indication in advance : FORETOKEN

Proliferation

  • To grow by rapid production of new parts, cells, buds, or offspring

Provocation

  • The act of provoking INCITEMENT
  • Something that provokes, arouses, or stimulates

Pugnacities

  • Having a quarrelsome or combative nature : TRUCULENT

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Quantum

  • Any of the very small increments or parcels into which many forms of energy are subdivided
  • Any of the small subdivisions of a quantized physical magnitude (such as magnetic moment)

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Rampant

  • Rearing upon the hind legs with forelegs extended

Ransack

  • To look through thoroughly in often a rough way

Reckoning

  • The act or an instance of reckoning: such as
  • ACCOUNT, BILL
  • COMPUTATION
  • Calculation of a ship’s position

Recursion

  • The determination of a succession of elements

Recursive

  • Of, relating to, or involving

Reflexivity

  • Directed or turned back on itself

Regress

  • An act or the privilege of going or coming back
  • Movement backward to a previous and especially worse or more primitive state or condition
  • The act of reasoning backward

Regression

  • A trend or shift toward a lower or less perfect state

Renminbi

  • The official currency of the People’s Republic of China consisting of yuan

Replete

  • Fully or abundantly provided or filled

Repository

  • A place, room, or container where something is deposited or stored

Resonance

  • The quality or state of being resonant

Resurgent

  • Undergoing or tending to produce resurgence

Retinue

  • A group of retainers or attendants

Retribution

  • The dispensing or receiving of reward or punishment especially in the hereafter

Revered

  • Regarded with reverence : regarded as worthy of great honor and respect

Reverence

  • Honor or respect felt or shown

Rhetoric

  • The art of speaking or writing effectively

Rhetorical

  • Of, relating to, or concerned with rhetoric

Rich

  • Having abundant possessions and especially material wealth
  • Having high value or quality
    b: well supplied or endowed
    a city rich in traditions
  • Magnificently impressive : SUMPTUOUS
    a: vivid and deep in color

Rig

  • To fit out with rigging

Rudimentary

  • Consisting in first principles : FUNDAMENTAL

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Satire

  • A literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule or scorn

Satirizes

  • To utter or write satire
  • To censure or ridicule by means of satire

Schizophrenic

  • Contradictory or antagonistic qualities or attitudes

Scrutiny

  • A searching study, inquiry, or inspection
  • EXAMINATION

Secularization

  • The act or process of making something secular or of becoming secular : removal from ecclesiastical or clerical use or influence

Self-Perpetuating

  • Capable of continuing or renewing oneself indefinitely : capable of perpetuating oneself or itself

Serendipity

  • The faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for

Sexist

  • Behavior, conditions, or attitudes that foster stereotypes of social roles based on sex

Sheen

  • To be bright : show a sheen

Sociopath

  • A sociopathic individual : PSYCHOPATH

Spectrum

  • A continuum of color formed when a beam of white light is dispersed (as by passage through a prism) so that its component wavelengths are arranged in order

Spiraling

  • Winding around a center or pole and gradually receding from or approaching it

Strapping

  • Having a vigorously sturdy constitution

Stratification

  • The act or process of stratifying

Strife

  • Bitter sometimes violent conflict or dissension

Substantiated

  • To give substance or form to : EMBODY

Superbugs

  • A pathogenic microorganism and especially a bacterium that has developed resistance to the medications normally used against it

Supersedes

  • To cause to be set aside
  • To take the place or position of
  • To displace in favor of another

Surreptitiously

  • Done, made, or acquired by stealth : CLANDESTINE

Survivalism

  • An attitude, policy, or practice based on the primacy of survival as a value

Symbiosis

  • The living together in more or less intimate association or close union of two dissimilar organisms

Synthetically

  • Attributing to a subject something determined by observation rather than analysis of the nature of the subject and not resulting in self-contradiction if negated

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Tacit

  • Expressed or carried on without words or speech

Thwart

  • To oppose successfully
  • Defeat the hopes or aspirations of

Tidbits

  • A choice morsel of food

Timor

  • Island of southeastern Asia in the Lesser Sunda Islands area 13,094 square miles (34,044 square kilometers), population 3,000,000

Trajectory

  • A path, progression, or line of development resembling a physical trajectory

Tranquility

  • The quality or state of being tranquil

Transcendence

  • Transcendence is related to dedication and commitment to something or somebody else but oneself.

Translocation

  • The conduction of soluble material (such as metabolic products) from one part of a plant to another

Tremendous

  • Notable by reason of extreme size, power, greatness, or excellence

Truism

  • An undoubted or self-evident truth

Togo

  • Republic in western Africa on the Bight of Benin; capital Lomé area 21,925 square miles (56,785 square kilometers), population 8,176,000

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Unassailable 

  • Not assailable : not liable to doubt, attack, or question

Undebatable

  • Not subject to debate

Unfathomable

  • Not capable of being fathomed

Unfettered

  • Not controlled or restricted

Unflappable

  • Marked by assurance and self-control

Unhinging

  • To make unstable

Unraveling

  • To disengage or separate the threads of : DISENTANGLE

Upended

  • To set or stand on end
  • To affect to the point of being upset or flurried

Utopian

  • Of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a utopia

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Vagrancy

  • The state or action of being vagrant

Vast

  • Very great in size, amount, degree, intensity, or especially in extent or range

Veiled

  • Having or wearing a veil or a concealing cover

Vendetta

  • An often prolonged series of retaliatory, vengeful, or hostile acts or exchange of such acts

Vetted

  • Having been subjected to evaluation or appraisal
  • critically reviewed and evaluated for official approval or acceptance

Virulent

  • Marked by a rapid, severe, and destructive course

Visceral

  • Felt in or as if in the internal organs of the body : DEEP

Volatility

  • A tendency to change quickly and unpredictably

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Wane

  • To fall gradually from power, prosperity, or influence

Wealth

  • Abundance of valuable material possessions or resources
  • Abundant supply : PROFUSION
  • All property that has a money value or an exchangeable value
    b: all material objects that have economic utility
    especially : the stock of useful goods having economic value in existence at any one time

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