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delinate

outline

emollient

softener

retrograde

backward

melancholy

dark sadness

intracranial

within the skull

cardiovascular

of the heart and vessels

epiphany

revalation

histology

study of living tissue

perihelion

orpital point near the sun

inherent

built in

plutocracy

government of the wealthy

sine qua non

essential element

corpulent

full body

dichotomy

two part division

pathological

diseased

cryptic

having hidden meaning

isoceles

having two equal sides

pathogen

disease causer

vociferous

loudly voiced

rectify

correct

sanctimonious

affectidly holy

tortuous

twisting

rectilinear

right angled

metamorphosis

change of shape

petroglyph

rock craving

chronic

lasting

hyperbole

overstatement

sonorous

full sounding

germane

related

convivial

social and festive

cognomen

nickname

anarchist

one against government

animadversion

critisism

pusillanimous

small minded

subterfuge

evasive dodge

saturnine

gloomy and remote

luminary

enlightning person

exorbitant

unreasonable

expatriate

banish

filligree

lacy design

eulogy

words of praise

sedentary

sitting

euphoria

joy

bonhomie

good-naturedness

bona fide

good faith

bon vivant

luxary

mutable

changeable

impute

attribute discredit

status quo

the present state

paradigm

model

schism

division

bootless

useless

rubicund

red

apotheosis

raising to God status

precursor

forerunner

transpose

switch

invective

bitter denunciation

prestigitation

sleight of hands

cosmology

study of the universe

effusion

outpouring

anthology

literary collection

posthumous

after death

euphony

beautiful sound

refractory

stubborn

platitude

flat trike remark

acrophobia

fear of heights

agoraphobia

fear of openness

veracity

truthfulness

verisimilitude

similarity to truth

idiosyncracy

peculiarity

alumni

graduate

casus belli

cause for war

interregnum

time between rulers

infraction

breaking

condign

worthy

colloquy

conversation

viable

able to live

synopsis

summary

terra firma

solid ground

sanction

authorize

Russophobe

one who fears Russia

prognosis

medical forecast

polychrome

many colored

philanthropy

love of mankind

perspicacity

insight

mobocracy

mob rule

gerontocracy

government of the old

magniloquence

great eloquence

kleptomaniac

pathological thief

joie de vivre

joy of living

in loco parentis

in place of parents

mundane

worldly

synthesis

combination

unequivocal

direct

nihilism

belief in nothing

audiophile

stereo buff

entomology

insect zoology

omnifarious

of all kinds

invidious

causing envy

deduction

reasoning down from principles

induction

factual reasoning

hagiocracy

government of the saints

diction

word choice

disconsolate

inconsolable

disingenuous

insincere

fractious

unruly

nondescript

of no category

prolific

productive

chronicle

a history

primeval

of the first ages

panegyric

elaborate eulogy

fidelity

faithfulness

magnum opus

opus great work

antediluvian

from before the Flood

comport

behave

insurgence

uprising

expeditiously

rapidly

renovate

restore

carnage

butchery

decadent

downfallen

supercilious

scornful

inexorable

inescapable

emissary

messenger

improvident

without foresight

moribund

dying

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