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indigenous

native, originating in a place

subjective

relating to the mind as the subject of experience

paradox

seeming contradiction or an actual contradiction

anomalous

irregular, unusual

viscous

having a thick consistency, gelatinous

ephemeral

fleeting, or short life or duration

corroborate

to confirm or make certain

implicit

implied, tacitly understood

lucid

clear, understandable

prodigal

foolishly generous, not thrifty

feign

to pretend

specious

having the deceptive look of truth

arbitrary

random, capricious, impartial

intrepid

bold, fearless

antagonism

hostility, enmity

antipathy

strong feeling against, dislike for

dogma

firmly held disbelief

pertinent

clearly relevant

variance

difference, disagreement

incompatible

not well matched, unsuited

isolate

to separate and make alone or single

sever

to cut off completely

synthesis

the combination of diverse elements into one

engender

to create, foster

discrete

distinct, separate

disperse

to spread out

eccentric

unusual, strange

redundant

repetitive, and thus unnecessary

precursor

a necessary predecessor

defer

to postpone or to submit to another

catalyst

a thing that sets another in motion or causes change

disarm

to deprive of weapons or to win over, ingratiate

prone

inclined, or the position of lying face down

profound

deep, thoughtful

torque

rotational force, twist

digress

to move away from

diverge

to go apart in different directions

tangential

peripheral, no on the subject at hand

porous

having pores, having minute holes

plummet

to fall suddenly

circumlocution

excessive speaking, wordiness

perturb

to disquiet, upset

opaque

not transparent, not letting light through

impenetrable

unable to penetrate, pierced

desiccate

to dry out, dehydrate

phenomenon

an occurrence

tacit

unspoken yet understood

whimsy

caprice, a playful thing

abstract

theoretical or to summarize or a summary

inherent

in the essential nature of a thing

dubious

doubtful, questionable

platitude

a trite saying, bromide

fallacy

a logical flaw, mistake

demur

to hesitate, protest

assert

to state without need of proof

refute

to disprove, to argue against

inquisitive

curious, seeking knowledge

mundane

everything, pedestrain

coherent

intelligible, consistent

equivocal

wavering, vacillating

harangue

long, complaining speech

jargon

specialized vocabulary

succinct

concise, stating in few words

diffuse

to spread thinly, or scattered

articulate

well- spoken, intelligible, speak clearly and distinctly

garrulous

extremely talkative

orate

to make a speech, esp. pompously

laconic

few words, reticent

obscure

to hide or hidden, vague, not easily understood

chicanery

flim-flam, trickery

furtive

secret, sneaky

volatile

unstable, likely to explode or vaporize

extemporize

to speak spontaneously

zealot

one who has great enthusiasm esp for a cause

espouse

to take to oneself, to adopt a belief

provocative

tending to simulate

superfluous

excess, extra

expend

to use up

malevolent

evil, having evil intent

paragon

an ideal, perfect model

nullify

negate, make invalid

consummate

complete, accomplish, perfect, to a high degree

arduous

difficult, strenuous

felicity

happiness, pleasantness

prodigy

very talented child

guile

cunning, trickery

ingenious

extremely clever, original

imperative

necessary, immediately important

constrain

restrict, confine

suppress

keep secret, contain, inhibit

capitulate

give in, surrender

obsequious

sycophantic-flatter, fawning

placate

please, pacify

affluent

wealthy

zeal

fanatical enthusiasm

inhibit

restrain, forbid

plasticity

malleability, stretchiness

cynic

one who has an attitude of contempt, distrust

bolster

support

resolute

determined, faithful

connoisseur

one who appreciates fine things

decorous

in good taste, very proper

euphemism

mild word or phrase substituted for an offensive one

pedantic

overly scholarly

bombast

pompous speech

arrogant

overbearing, proud

misanthrope

one who hates humanity

jeer

taunt, deride

disingenuous

seemingly honest while not being so

propriety

appropriateness, social acceptability

heretic

one who holds unorthodox or unapproved beliefs

authentic

genuine, trustworthy

eradicate

to eliminate completely

gist

general meeting, essence

objective

empirically provable, existing independently

affiliation

connecting, association

apposite

relevant, to the point

antithesis

direct opposite

heterogeneous

mixed, made up of unlike elements

stereotype

generalized judgment of a group

paradigm

model, theoretical framework

precedent

earlier example setting a rule

conform

adapt or compliant with

correspond

to match, to conform, to parallel

dissent

to disagree

nuance

slight distinction

negligible

insignificant, not to be considered

trivial

minor, not important

subordinate

depending on, subservient

depletion

lessening

alloy

mixture esp of metal

eclectic

having varying elements

convoluted

intricate, coiled, twisted

inextricable

not able to be untangled

labyrinth

maze

multifarious

diverse, of great variety

consolidate

to join together, merge

component

essential element

shard

fragment esp glass or pottery

comprehensive

all inclusive

pervasive

throughout, in every part

plethora

multiplicity, excessive amount

fracas

riot, flight

gratuitous

uncalled for, not warranted

pandemonium

noisy chaos, bedlam

sporadic

occasional, infrequent

prologue

introductory passage

incipient

beginning, budding

definitive

authoritative

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