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depredation

the act of preying upon or plundering

dispassionate

calm; objective; unbiased

dogmatic

relying upon doctrine of dogma as opposed to evidence

equivocal

ambiguous; unclear; subject to more than one interpretation, often intentionally so

floundering

struggling

iconoclast

one who attacks traditional ideas or institutions or one who destroys sacred images

infer

to deduce

inhibit

to hold back, prohibit, forbid or restrain

misnomer

incorrect name or word for something

pragmatic

concerned with facts, practical, as opposed to highly principled or traditional

propitiate

to conciliate; to appease

reproof

to act of censuring, scolding or rebuking

savant

a very knowledgeable person; a genius

taciturn

habitually untalkative or silent

tortuous

twisted; excessively complicated

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