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(1) assertion- often an assertion unsupported and by implication regarded as unsupportable (2) in law, an assertion which its maker proposes to support with evidence
contemptuously distrustful of human nature and motives -- having a sneering belief that human conduct is governed wholly by self-interest
[from Nicolas Chauvin, a French soldier of the first Republic and Empire, whose attachment to Napolean came to be ridiculed by his comrades] vainglorious or exaagerrated patrioitism; prejudiced belief in the superiority of one's own group
something that hinders, engulfs, or overwhelms; an area of low-lying soggy ground; disordered situation or circumstance; mess, confusion
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