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  • bombast

    'big talk' with little meaning

    castigation

    harsh punishment

    copious

    having lots of substance; abundant; plentiful

    credulous

    gullible; ready to believe anything

    cumulative

    accumulated; added up over time

    devise

    think up; invent; plan

    discourse

    formal, written, or spoken conversation

    dissemble

    make believe with the intent to deceive

    explicate

    to intensely explain

    imminent

    bound to happen; happening in the near future

    impose

    to intrude

    innuendo

    a hint, indirect suggestion, or reference

    insurrection

    organized opposition to authority; a rebellion

    invoke

    to call upon a higher power; evoke or call forth

    lascivious

    lustful; sexually wanton

    misogyny

    hatred of women

    motif

    a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work

    obsequious

    excessively obedient; obedient beyond what is needed

    paradox

    a contradiction or dilemma

    paragon

    an ideal instance; a model of perfection

    perdition

    a state of final spiritual ruin; loss of the soul; hell

    prattle

    meaningless sounds; childish gibberish; words that do not mean anything

    soliloquy

    talking to oneself; monologue: a speech to yourself

    visage

    facial expression

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