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anachronism (n)

something located at a time when it could not have existed or occurred; a person who seems to be displaced in time; who belongs to another age

apocryphal (adj)

of doubtful origin or authenticity, not genuine

apotheosis (n)

exaltation to divine rank or stature; deification; elevation to a preeminent or transcendent position; glorification

bourgeois (adj)

dominated or characterized by materialistic pursuits or concerns

chutzpah (n)

a Yiddish term for unbelievable gall; insolence; audacity

comport (v)

to behave well or properly

confluence (n)

a coming together of people or things or ideas; in very concrete terms, a body of water formed by the flowing together of two or more streams, rivers, or the like

dialectic (n)

the art or practice of logical discussion as employed in investigating the truth of a theory or opinion.

effulgent (adj)

shining, bright, splendid

fatwas (n)

religious declarations to guide Muslims

forswear (v):

to recant, retract, abjure; to disavow under oath; deny

eschatological (adj)

of or relating to or dealing with or regarding the ultimate destiny of mankind and the world

existential (adj)

having to do with existence; based on experience

hegemony (n)

leadership or authority, usually applied to the political dominance of one state or government in a league

inveterate (adj)

firmly and long established; deep-rooted: inveterate preferences

lexicon (n)

the vocabulary of a particular language, field, social class, person, etc.

messianic (adj)

of or relating to a messiah promising deliverance; "messianic cult

officious (adj)

marked by excessive eagerness in offering services or advice where they are neither requested nor needed; meddlesome

pariah (n)

an outcast from society

pedagogy (n)

the art or science of teaching

percipient (adj)

characterized by ease and quickness in perceiving; "a percipient author"

prescient (adj)

knowing or anticipating the outcome of events before they happen

proletariat (n)

the class of wage earners, esp. those who earn their living by manual labor; the working class

prosaic (adj)

commonplace or dull; matter-of-fact or unimaginative: a prosaic mind

ratify (v)

to approve; to confirm

sanctimony (n)

the quality of being hypocritically devout; pretended, affected, or hypocritical religious devotion, righteousness, etc.

solicitude (n)

eager, attitude of deep concern, solicitousness


sad, wishful, longing

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