Word Within the Word Lists #21-25

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Lists #21-25 from Michael Clay Thompson's "The Word Within the Word Vol. 1"

equivocate

to hedge

superfluous

unnecessary

bilateral

two-sided

unilateral

one-sided

circumspect

cautious

commensurate

of like measure

malevolence

evil intent

neophyte

beginner

misanthropist

people-hater

bellicose

warlike

anthropomorphic

man-shaped

captious

fault-finding

neologism

new word

malediction

a curse

incredulous

not believing

omniscient

all-knowing

monomania

obsession with one thing

specious

false

excoriate

verbally flog

prototype

first model

xenophobia

fear of foreigners

benediction

blessing

amorphous

shapeless

preponderance

bulk

magnanimous

great-minded

mollify

make soft

ichthyologist

fish scientist

polyglot

multi-lingual

diaphanous

semitransparent

somniferous

bringing sleep

sinecure

an easy lucrative job

soliloquy

speech to oneself

adherent

supporter

abjure

renounce

caustic

burning

confluence

a flowing together

depose

topple from power

egomania

self-obsession

egregious

blatant

analgesic

painkiller

chiromancy

palm reading

oligarchy

government by a few

intractable

stubborn

intransigent

not compromising

perfidious

treacherous

perspicuous

brilliantly clear

ingenuous

innocent and naive

circumlocution

talking in circles

gregarious

sociable

discursive

rambling

egocentric

self-centered

tangible

touchable

demagogue

corrupt politician

preclude

foreclose

cryptologist

code breaker

ethnocentrism

racial or cultural prejudice

pedagogue

teacher

recant

retract

revoke

cancel

pugnacious

combative

incisive

sharp

diatribe

abusive criticism

anomaly

abnormality

enumerate

to list

circumscribed

limited

intercede

mediate

disputatious

argumentative

loquacious

talkative

abrogate

annul

prescience

foreknowledge

sacrosanct

sacred

androgynous

masculine and feminine

acronym

initials-name

congenital

at birth

cacophony

bad noise

advocate

speak for

ponderous

weighty

retribution

revenge

android

robot

infidel

unbeliever

resurgence

rising again

punctilious

precise in conduct

condescend

lower oneself

collateral

side by side

irrevocable

beyond recall

elucidate

explain

epigram

witty comment

eccentricity

oddness

cognizant

aware

stringent

binding

anthropoid

manlike

diffident

shy

pandemonium

demonic clamor

urbane

sophisticated

tractable

docile

supersede

replace

temporize

delay

somnambulist

sleepwalker

sanguinary

bloody

inanimate

lifeless

introspective

inward looking

intervene

come between

syndrome

complex of symptoms

subordinate

lower

dissonant

inharmonious

belligerent

warring

credible

believable

impending

overhanging

exculpate

free from blame

euphemism

pleasant name

benefactor

helper

megalomania

delusions of greatness

magnate

powerful person

vivacious

lively

heliotropic

sun-following

amour-propre

self-love

octagenarian

an eighty-year-old

cognoscenti

those who know

surfeit

excess

primate

monkeys, apes, and humans

pellucid

crystal clear

circumvent

get around

hemiplegia

paralysis on one side

narcolepsy

attacks of sleep

polyphonic

multi-melodic

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