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Pretentious

trying to appear or sound more important or clever than you are The novel deals with grand themes, but is never heavy or pretentious

Autonomy

the right of a group of people to govern itself Demonstrators demanded immediate autonomy for their region.

Prolixity (NOT proximity, close)

wordy, drawn out, verbose he author's prolix style has done nothing to encourage sales of the book.

Floridity

tinged with red ; too much decoration; A florid complexion; a florid architectural style; florid prose/rhetoric

Didactic

intended to teach, especially too eagerly/ determinately a didactic approach to teaching; didactic literature

Altruistic; altruism

wanting to help other people, even if disadvantage for yourself I doubt whether her motives for donating the money are altruistic - she's probably looking for publicity.

Reticent

unwilling to speak about your thoughts or feelings He is very reticent about his past.

Subversion

when someone tries to destroy an established system or government He was found guilty of subversion and imprisoned.

Transcendent

greater, better, more important, or going past or above all others Transcendent power/beauty/love

Disparate

different in every way; There is a great disparity between rich and poor in many nations. The two cultures were so utterly disparate that it she found it hard to adapt from one to the other.

Urbane

especially of a man) confident, comfortable and polite in social situations He was an urbane, kindly and generous man.

Amenable

willing to accept or be influenced by a suggestion She might be more amenable to the idea if you explained how much money it would save.

Banal

boring, ordinary and not original He just sat there making banal remarks all evening; banal pop songs

Benign

old and pleasant; or, growth that won't result in death a benign old lady; a benign tumor

Coalesce

Come or grow together to form one thing or system. The process of coalescing

Inert

Not or unable to move; unenergetic; uninteresting The narrative is inert and sloppy, as if the author had been writing half-asleep.

Deluge

Overflowing of the land by water; overwhelming amount of something Received a deluge of offers; A stream can become a deluge when it rains heavily.

Expunge

to strike, delete, remove, obliterate (esp. from ones memory) She has been unable to expunge the details of the accident from her memory.

Pseudoscience

theories, not science: Astrology, Phrenology (belief that shape of skull indicates character traits), Homeopathy, and Hydropathy (can cure someone by giving them large amounts of water) are psuedosciences.

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