VOCAB

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arbitrary

illegitimate (his reason for choosing her as the vice president was far from legitimate... it was very arbitrary)

arbitrate

decide a dispute, acting as a judge (when the opposing claimants asked me to arbitrate, it was understood they would abide by my decision

axiom

self-evident truth; maxim (it is an axiom that practice makes perfect)

bigoted

intolerant; narrow minded (lucy is an extremely bigoted; she is very prejudiced and not at all open to new ideas)

bigotry

view or behavior of a bigot ; narrow-mindedness; intolerance (found guilty, the defendant accused the judge and jury of bigotry)

criterion

standard; rule or test for judging (2 of the criteria that experts consider in judging and automobile are fuel consumption and frequency of repair)

crux

most important point; essential part (skip over the minor points, and get the the crux of the matter)

deduce

derive by reasoning, infer (the intruder's approximate weight was deduced from the depth of the footprints in the moist sand)

dogmatic

asserting opinions as if they were facts; opinionated (if, w/out offering any proof at all, you keep insisting that the plan will not work, you are being dogmatic)

eclectic

choosing (ideas, methods, etc.) from various sources; selective

fallacious

misleading

fallible

liable to be mistaken

paradoxical

having the characteristics of a paradox (a self-contradictory statement which may nevertheless be true)

plausible

apparently trustworthy, superficially true or reasonable

preposterous

senseless; absurd; irrational

sophistry

clever but deceptive reasoning

amorphous

shapeless

contour

outline of a figure

malleable

capable of being shaped by hammering, as a metal

paltry

practically worthless; trashy; petty

paramount

chief; above others; supreme

coy

pretending to be shy

demure

falsely modest of serious; coy

diffident

lacking self-confidence, not confident

brazen

made of brass or bronze

egoism

excessive concern for oneself; selfishness

ostentatious

done to impress others; showy

pert

too free in speech or action; bold

vainglorious

excessively proud or boastful

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