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Apostate
One who forsakes his or her religion, party, or cause.
Bravado
A display of false or assumed courage.
Consensus
A collective or general agreement of opinion, feeling, or thinking.
Constrict
To make smaller or narrower, draw together, squeeze; to stop or cause to falter.
Dichotomy
A division into two contradictory or mutually exclusive parts; a branching or forking in an ancestral line.
Effusive
Highly demonstrative; unrestrained.
Euphoria
A feeling of great happiness or well-being, often with no objective basis.
Gothic
Characterized by or emphasizing a gloomy setting an grotesque or violent events; such a literary or artistic style; a type of medieval architecture.
Impasse
A dead end; a position from which there is no escape; a problem to which there is no solution.
Lugubrious
Sad, mournful, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree.
Metamorphosis
A complete transformation, as if by magic.
Mystique
An aura or attitude of mystery or veneration surrounding something or someone.
Non Sequitur
An inference or conclusion that does not follow logically from the facts or premises.
Parlous
Full of danger or risk, perilous.
Punctilio
A minute detail of conduct or procedure; an instant of time.
Quagmire
Soft, soggy mud or slush; a difficult or entrapping situation.
Quixotic
Extravagantly or romantically idealistic; visionary without regard to practical considerations.
Raconteur
A person who tells stories and anecdotes with great skill.
Sine qua non
An essential or indispensable element or condition.
Vendetta
A prolonged feud, often between two families, characterized by retaliatory acts of revenge; any act motivated by revenge.