When the going gets tough; cultural artifacts; cast out; theres no way around it!

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abstruse

difficult to understand

callous

emotionally hardened, unfeeling

convoluted

intricate; complex

disaffected

having lost faith or loyalty, discontent

enigma

a puzzle, mystery, or riddle

inscrutable

difficult to fathom or understand; impenetrable

reticent

inclined to keep silent; reserved

staid

unemotional; serious

Arcane

known or understood by only a few

assimilate

to absorb or become absorbed; to make or become similar

autonomy

independence; self-determination

cosmopolitan

worldly; widely sophisticated

derivative

something that comes from another source

esoteric

intended for or understood by only a small group

gaffe

a clumsy social error, a faux pas

idiosyncrasy

characteristic peculiar to an individual or group

insular

isolated; narrow or provincial

orthodox

adhering to the traditional and established, especially in religion

potentate

one who has the power and position to rule over others; monarch

castigate

to scold, rebuke, or harshly criticize

censure

to issue official blame

denounce

to condemn openly

reclusive

seeking or preferring seclusion or isolation

relinquish

to retire from; give up or abandon

renounce

to give up (a title, for example), especially by formal announcement

vituperative
the viturperative speech was so cruel that the members left feeling completely abused

marked by harshly abusive condemnation

circumscribe

to draw a circle around; to restrict

contiguous

sharing an edge or boundary; touching

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