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relevant, to the point, appropriate or meaningful to the subject at hand

(to be) orthodox

to be conventional, to follow established ways, to be traditional


extreme pain, either physical or emotional


less than, secondary to, not as important as

(to) exhort

to strongly urge, to seriously warn, to seriously advise

(to be) culpable

to be guilty, to be to blame for something, to have it be your fault


the belief that morality is relative and there is no such thing as right and wrong

(a) synthesis

a blending, a combining of parts into a whole, an integration of two or more elements

(to be) abstinent

to refrain from indulging, to abstain


to filth, wretchedness, repulsive conditions

(to) delude

to deceive, to mislead, to cause to hold a false belief

(a) maverick

a nonconformist, a rebel, a freethinker, a groundbreaker


plentiful, abundant

(to be) inept

to be clumsy, unskilled, ineffective



(to) infer

to deduce, to find out by reasoning


showy, overblown, pretentious


superficial, hasty, brief and haphazard

(an) epigram

a witty statement, short, polished, pithy saying, usually in verse, and often having a satiric or a paradoxical twist at the end


the relinquishment of normal comforts, self-denial, and renunciation of worldly pleasures

(a) cynic

one who mistrusts people's motives, thinks everything is motivated by selfishness, is suspicious of appearances, and tends to see the potential problems, rather than the potential joys in a situation

(a) genre

a category, a type


trickery, deceitfulness, underhanded sneakiness, deception by clever means

(to) disseminate

to scatter, to spread around, to distribute


corrupt, open to bribery

(to be) congenial

to be friendly, pleasant, agreeable


ordinary, unoriginal, lacking freshness, trite

(your) countenance

your face, especially as regards its experssion

(to) distend

to swell, to bloat, to extend outward, to expand

(a) magnate

someone who is influential, who is rich, powerful and controls something


solid, real, having substance, substantial, meaty

(to) libel

to defame, to write or publish things about another that are both damaging and of questionable truth


ox-like or cowlike or related to cows in the same way that canine means dog-like or related to dogs and feline means cat-like or related to cats


contempt or scorn


practical or efficient, advantageous

(an) axiom

a statement that is widely accepted as true


subtleties, slight shade of variation, fine points, shadings


unimaginative, commonplace, dull


generosity or philanthropy

(to) squander

to waste


the study of religion, the study of the relationship between God and what exists as creation


a history, a record of events in order of time

(to) covet (something)

to desire it intensely, to yearn for it

(an) epitome

a perfect example that embodies the very essence of something


the quality of truthfulness

(to be) contentious

to be argumentative, quarrelsome


firmly committed, dedicated, steadfast

(to) admonish

to scold, to warn, to caution, to remind of a duty


lavishly generous

(to be) stoic

to be unemotional, to appear indifferent to pleasure or pain, to maintain a "stiff upper lip"

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