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folly

foolish or senseless behavior; stupid

ostentatious

showy, pretentious

convoluted

highly involved or intricate

decorous

(adj.) well behaved, dignified, socially proper

visceral

obtained through intuition rather than from reasoning or observation

streamlined

made efficient by stripping off nonessentials

infighting

conflict within a group

mitigate

make less severe or harsh

jingoism

fanatical patriotism

chauvinist

a person with a prejudiced belief in the superiority of his or her own kind; one with fanatical devotion

ossify

cause to become hard and bony; rigid

dictum

an authoritative declaration

judicious

proceeding from good sense or judgment

pugnacious

quarrelsome, fond of fighting

supercilious

having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy

perfidy

betrayal of a trust

aspersion

an abusive attack on a person's character or good name

disparage

express a negative opinion of

disparity

inequality; difference

ambivalent

characterized by a mixture of opposite feelings or attitudes

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