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Word Within the Word Lists #21-25

Lists #21-25 from Michael Clay Thompson's "The Word Within the Word Vol. 1"
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equivocate
to hedge
superfluous
unnecessary
bilateral
two-sided
unilateral
one-sided
circumspect
cautious
commensurate
of like measure
malevolence
evil intent
neophyte
beginner
misanthropist
people-hater
bellicose
warlike
anthropomorphic
man-shaped
captious
fault-finding
neologism
new word
malediction
a curse
incredulous
not believing
omniscient
all-knowing
monomania
obsession with one thing
specious
false
excoriate
verbally flog
prototype
first model
xenophobia
fear of foreigners
benediction
blessing
amorphous
shapeless
preponderance
bulk
magnanimous
great-minded
mollify
make soft
ichthyologist
fish scientist
polyglot
multi-lingual
diaphanous
semitransparent
somniferous
bringing sleep
sinecure
an easy lucrative job
soliloquy
speech to oneself
adherent
supporter
abjure
renounce
caustic
burning
confluence
a flowing together
depose
topple from power
egomania
self-obsession
egregious
blatant
analgesic
painkiller
chiromancy
palm reading
oligarchy
government by a few
intractable
stubborn
intransigent
not compromising
perfidious
treacherous
perspicuous
brilliantly clear
ingenuous
innocent and naive
circumlocution
talking in circles
gregarious
sociable
discursive
rambling
egocentric
self-centered
tangible
touchable
demagogue
corrupt politician
preclude
foreclose
cryptologist
code breaker
ethnocentrism
racial or cultural prejudice
pedagogue
teacher
recant
retract
revoke
cancel
pugnacious
combative
incisive
sharp
diatribe
abusive criticism
anomaly
abnormality
enumerate
to list
circumscribed
limited
intercede
mediate
disputatious
argumentative
loquacious
talkative
abrogate
annul
prescience
foreknowledge
sacrosanct
sacred
androgynous
masculine and feminine
acronym
initials-name
congenital
at birth
cacophony
bad noise
advocate
speak for
ponderous
weighty
retribution
revenge
android
robot
infidel
unbeliever
resurgence
rising again
punctilious
precise in conduct
condescend
lower oneself
collateral
side by side
irrevocable
beyond recall
elucidate
explain
epigram
witty comment
eccentricity
oddness
cognizant
aware
stringent
binding
anthropoid
manlike
diffident
shy
pandemonium
demonic clamor
urbane
sophisticated
tractable
docile
supersede
replace
temporize
delay
somnambulist
sleepwalker
sanguinary
bloody
inanimate
lifeless
introspective
inward looking
intervene
come between
syndrome
complex of symptoms
subordinate
lower
dissonant
inharmonious
belligerent
warring
credible
believable
impending
overhanging
exculpate
free from blame
euphemism
pleasant name
benefactor
helper
megalomania
delusions of greatness
magnate
powerful person
vivacious
lively
heliotropic
sun-following
amour-propre
self-love
octagenarian
an eighty-year-old
cognoscenti
those who know
surfeit
excess
primate
monkeys, apes, and humans
pellucid
crystal clear
circumvent
get around
hemiplegia
paralysis on one side
narcolepsy
attacks of sleep
polyphonic
multi-melodic