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29 terms

VOCAB

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arbitrary
illegitimate (his reason for choosing her as the vice president was far from legitimate... it was very arbitrary)
arbitrate
decide a dispute, acting as a judge (when the opposing claimants asked me to arbitrate, it was understood they would abide by my decision
axiom
self-evident truth; maxim (it is an axiom that practice makes perfect)
bigoted
intolerant; narrow minded (lucy is an extremely bigoted; she is very prejudiced and not at all open to new ideas)
bigotry
view or behavior of a bigot ; narrow-mindedness; intolerance (found guilty, the defendant accused the judge and jury of bigotry)
criterion
standard; rule or test for judging (2 of the criteria that experts consider in judging and automobile are fuel consumption and frequency of repair)
crux
most important point; essential part (skip over the minor points, and get the the crux of the matter)
deduce
derive by reasoning, infer (the intruder's approximate weight was deduced from the depth of the footprints in the moist sand)
dogmatic
asserting opinions as if they were facts; opinionated (if, w/out offering any proof at all, you keep insisting that the plan will not work, you are being dogmatic)
eclectic
choosing (ideas, methods, etc.) from various sources; selective
fallacious
misleading
fallible
liable to be mistaken
paradoxical
having the characteristics of a paradox (a self-contradictory statement which may nevertheless be true)
plausible
apparently trustworthy, superficially true or reasonable
preposterous
senseless; absurd; irrational
sophistry
clever but deceptive reasoning
amorphous
shapeless
contour
outline of a figure
malleable
capable of being shaped by hammering, as a metal
paltry
practically worthless; trashy; petty
paramount
chief; above others; supreme
coy
pretending to be shy
demure
falsely modest of serious; coy
diffident
lacking self-confidence, not confident
brazen
made of brass or bronze
egoism
excessive concern for oneself; selfishness
ostentatious
done to impress others; showy
pert
too free in speech or action; bold
vainglorious
excessively proud or boastful