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patois

a nonstandard dialect.n

malapropism

a humorous confusion of words.n

linguistics

study of a language.n (linguistic) (linguist)

neologism

a new word.n

annotation

an explanatory note.n (annotate)

appellation

a name or title.n

parlance

a particular manner of speaking.n

eponym

a person whose name is used to make a word.n (eponymous)

polyglot

using several languages.adj

vulgar

crude or indecent.adj (vulgarity)

proclivity

an inclination.n

in vain

without success.adv

preposterous

absurd.adj

contingent

conditional.adj (contingency)

eventuality

a possibility.n (eventual)

prone

likely to do.adj

implausible

unlikely.adj (implausibility)

inconceivable

impossible to grasp fully.adj

theoretical

unproven.adj (theory)

perchance

perhaps.adv

evolve

to develop slowly.v

modulate

to adjust.v

immutable

unchangeable.adj

protean

readily taking on different forms.adj

inveterate

established.adj

sporadic

irregular.adj

malleable

able to be shaped.adj

volatile

wide variation.adj

metamorphosis

a transformation.n

transmute

to change form.v

obfuscate

make more difficult.v

ruminate

to think deeply about.v

stymie

to frustrate of thwart.v

surmise

to guess.v

tenet

principle or belief.n

abstruse

hard to understand.adj

acumen

keen insight.n

ascertain

discover.v

cerebral

of the brain.adj

faculty

ability.n

evasion

clever avoidance.n

malinger

to fake illness to avoid work.v

oblique

not direct.adj

shirk

to neglect.v

shun

to willfully ignore.v

abeyance

suspension.n

abstemious

restricted to bare necessities.adj

circumvent

to go around.v

elude

to avoid capture.v

eschew

to avoid or to abstain.v

converge

to come together.v

crux

key point.n

degradation

a decline.n

initiate

to begin.v

penultimate

next to last.adj

pivotal

crucial.adj

sequel

next in the series.n

supercede

to replace.v

tangential

irrelevant.adj

terminate

to end.v

aspersions

damaging remarks, slanders.n

compunction

unease due to guilt.n

derision

ridicule.n

disapprobation

moral disapproval.n

ostracize

to banish, exclude, or shun.v

rebuke

to criticize sharply.v

revulsion

intense disgust.n

scurrilous

vulgar; abusive.adj

spurn

to reject scornfully.v

vitriolic

very harsh, bitter.adj

accountable

responsible.adj

assiduous

conscientious.adj

default

the failure to fulfill an obligation.n

feckless

ineffective.adj

incumbent

holding an office or position.adj

liability

a handicap.n

mandatory

required.adj

negligence

lack of proper care or attention.n

onerous

difficult to bear.adj

remiss

lax or careless.adj

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