The Time Machine Chapters 1 - IV

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expounding

noun a systematic interpretation or explanation (usually written) of a specific topic. SYNONYMS expounding ; exposition

recondite

adj. difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge. SYNONYMS recondite ; abstruse, deep

incandescent

adj. emitting light as a result of being heated; characterized by ardent emotion or intensity or brilliance. SYNONYMS incandescent ; candent

paradox

noun (logic) a statement that contradicts itself. SYNONYMS

fecundity

noun the intellectual productivity of a creative imagination; the quality of something that causes or assists healthy growth; the state of being fertile; capable of producing offspring. SYNONYMS fecundity ; fruitfulness, fertility

controvert

verb prove to be false or incorrect; be resistant to. SYNONYMS controvert ; refute, rebut, oppose, contradict

infirmity

noun the state of being weak in health or body (especially from old age). SYNONYMS infirmity ; frailty, debility, feebleness, frailness, valetudinarianism

intermittently

adv. in an intermittent manner. SYNONYMS

accession

noun the act of attaining or gaining access to a new office or right or position (especially the throne); agreeing with or consenting to (often unwillingly); something added to what you already have; (civil law) the right to all of that which your property produces whether by growth or improvement; a process of increasing by addition (as to a collection or group); the right to enter; verb make a record of additions to a collection, such as a library. SYNONYMS accession ; rise to power, assenting, addition, entree, access, admittance

ingenuity

noun the property of being ingenious; the power of creative imagination. SYNONYMS ingenuity ; ingeniousness, cleverness, inventiveness

skepticism

noun doubt about the truth of something; the disbelief in any claims of ultimate knowledge. SYNONYMS skepticism ; incredulity, disbelief, mental rejection, agnosticism, scepticism

deportment

noun (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people. SYNONYMS deportment ; demeanor, demeanour, behavior, behaviour, conduct

plausibility

noun apparent validity. SYNONYMS plausibility ; plausibleness

speculation

noun a hypothesis that has been formed by speculating or conjecturing (usually with little hard evidence); an investment that is very risky but could yield great profits; continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature; a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence. SYNONYMS speculation ; conjecture, venture, meditation, guess, supposition, surmise, surmisal, hypothesis

ingenious

adj. showing inventiveness and skill; skillful (or showing skill) in adapting means to ends; (used of persons or artifacts) marked by independence and creativity in thought or action. SYNONYMS ingenious ; clever, cunning, adroit, imaginative, inventive

imminent

adj. close in time; about to occur. SYNONYMS imminent ; at hand, close at hand, impendent, impending

scaffolding

noun a system of scaffolds. SYNONYMS scaffolding ; staging

palpitation

noun a rapid and irregular heart beat; a shaky motion. SYNONYMS palpitation ; shaking, shakiness, trembling, quiver, quivering, vibration

luminous

adj. softly bright or radiant. SYNONYMS luminous ; aglow, lambent, lucent

poignant

adj. keenly distressing to the mind or feelings; arousing affect. SYNONYMS poignant ; affecting, touching

exhilaration

noun the feeling of lively and cheerful joy. SYNONYMS exhilaration ; excitement

rudimentary

adj. being in the earliest stages of development; not fully developed in mature animals; being or involving basic facts or principles. SYNONYMS rudimentary ; vestigial, fundamental, underlying

attenuated

adj. of an electrical signal; reduced in amplitude with little or no distortion; reduced in strength. SYNONYMS attenuated ; attenuate, faded, weakened

futurity

noun the quality of being in or of the future; the time yet to come. SYNONYMS futurity ; future, hereafter, time to come

exquisite

adj. of extreme beauty; lavishly elegant and refined; intense or sharp; delicately beautiful. SYNONYMS exquisite ; recherche, keen, dainty

sphinx

noun one of a number of large stone statues with the body of a lion and the head of a man that were built by the ancient Egyptians; (Greek mythology) a riddling winged monster with a woman's head and breast on a lion's body; daughter of Typhon; an inscrutable person who keeps his thoughts and intentions secret. SYNONYMS

edifice

noun a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place. SYNONYMS edifice ; building

portal

noun a grand and imposing entrance (often extended metaphorically); a short vein that carries blood into the liver; a site that the owner positions as an entrance to other sites on the internet. SYNONYMS portal ; portal vein, hepatic portal vein, vena portae, portal site

variegated

adj. having a variety of colors. SYNONYMS variegated ; varicolored, varicoloured

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