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Word Within the Word Vol.2

a priori

from observation

a posteriori

from observation

parthenogenesis

unfertilized birth

assonance

vowel repetition

objurgation

rebuke

demotic

of the common people

soporific

sleep-inducing

internecine

mutually destructive

sesquipedalian

very long (words)

sui generis

unique

plutocracy

government of wealthy

delineate

to outline

dichotomy

two-part division

epiphany

revelation

tortuous

twisting

thanatopsis

view of death

vacuous

stupidly empty of ideas

lucubration

late studying

ex cathedra

from the throne

legerdemain

sleight of hand

suspiration

deep sigh

nepotism

favoritism to relatives

synoptic

general in view

lionize

treat as a celebrity

assiduous

persevering

subterfuge

evasive dodge

bon vivant

indulger in luxury

saturnine

gloomy and remote

sedentary

sitting

pusillanimous

small-minded

syllogism

three-part deduction

metonyomy

association name

anaphora

repetition in successive phrases

bowdlerize

censor prudishly

locus classicus

classical example

reiterate

repeat

desultory

rambling

funambulist

tightrope walker

lyssophobia

fear of insanity

idee fixe

obsession

schism

division

apotheosis

raising to god status

precursor

forerunner

cosmology

study of the universe

euphony

beautiful sound

prolix

tediously wordy

narcissism

self-infatuation

miscreant

evil unbeliever

physiognomy

facial character

patrician

aristocratic

apostasy

desertion of principle

hedonism

devotion to pleasure

sententious

full of maxims

on the qui vive

on the alert

manumission

release from slavery

sanction

authorize

terra firma

firm land

synopsis

summary

colloquy

conversation

in loco parentis

in place of the parents

valediction

farewell speech

protagonist

leading person

maladroit

clumsy

stoicism

indifference to sensation

sarcophagus

stone coffin

ignominious

disgraceful

surrealistic

unrealistically imaginary

analects

selected writings

expository

explanatory

exegesis

critical interpretation

magnum opus

great work

moribund

dying

supercilious

scornful

diction

word choice

emissary

messenger

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