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Denigration
The act of unfairly critcizing someone or something
Antecedent
A thing or event that existed before
Egocentric
Self centered; not caring about other individuals
Patriarchy
A form of social organization in which men hold the power
Ambivalent
Uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow
Vertigo
A sensation of motion in which the individual or surroundings seems to whirl dizzily
Recuse
To remove oneself from participation to avoid a conflict of interest
Enigma
Someone or something that is puzzling or difficult to understand
Obtuse
Not able to understand what is simple
Contract
Decrease in size, number, or range
Peril
Serious and immediate danger
Correlate
To have a mutual relationship or connection (in which one thing affects or depends on another)
Minute
Extremely small
Pensive
Engaged in, involving, or reflecting deep or serious thought
Incompetent
Not having or showing the necessary skills to do something successfully
Impervious
Unable to be affected by
Omit
To leave out or exclude (intentionally or forgetfully)
Redundant
Not needed or useful
Compose
To write or create
Holistic
An interest in the engagement of the whole; an interest in the development of the whole
Relevant
Closely connected or appropriate to the matter at hand
Adveristy
A difficult situation or condition; misfortune
Paradox
A statement that seems strange or contradictory because they have qualities that don't normally go together
Vindicate
To clear crime blame
Infer
To make a guess based on evidence and reasoning
Assert
State a fact or belief confidently and forcefully
Grit
Perseverance and passion for long-term goals
Consolidate
To combine
Eradicate
To eliminate or destroy
Justify
To prove; to offer a reasonable explanation
Digress
To not stay on topic, to leave the subject temporarily
Discrepancy
A lack of compatibility or similarity between facts
Trivial
Of little value or importance
Assiduous
Hard working
Incendiary
Tending to stir up conflict; explosive
Abnegate
To reject or refuse something; to deny oneself of something
Felicity
Bliss, intense happiness
Penury
Extreme poverty
Demean
To make someone feel inferior
Devoid
Entirely lacking; empty
Coherent
Logical and consistent
Reflect
Think deeply or carefully about
Contradictory
Inconsistent
Exploit
use a situation or person in an unfair or selfish way
Solemn
Formal and dignified; serious
Inevitable
Certain to happen; unavoidable
Latent
Existing but not yet developed or obvious (hidden; concealed)
Arcane
Mysterious or secret; understood by only few