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to alienate

to alienate

/ˈeɪɫjəˌneɪt/
verb
arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness

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to disperse

to disperse

/dɪˈspɝs/
verb
move away from each other

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to supplicate

to supplicate

/sˈʌplᵻkˌeɪt/
verb
ask for humbly or earnestly, as in prayer

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to venerate

to venerate

/ˈvɛnɝˌeɪt/
verb
regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of

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apotheosis

apotheosis

/əˌpɑθiˈoʊsəs/
noun
the elevation of a person (as to the status of a god)

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atavism

atavism

/ˈætəvɪzəm/
noun
a reappearance of an earlier characteristic

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chauvinist

chauvinist

/ˈʃoʊvənəst/
noun
a person with a prejudiced belief in the superiority of his or her own kind

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dogma

dogma

/ˈdɑɡmə/
noun
a belief or set of beliefs laid down or held by an authority that people are expected to accept without any second thoughts

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epiphany

epiphany

/ɪˈpɪfəni/
noun
the occasion of a sudden realization or understanding of something significant

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exegesis

exegesis

/ɛɡzɪdʒˈiːsɪs/
noun
an explanation or critical interpretation (especially of the Bible)

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hedonist

hedonist

/hˈɛdənˌɪst/
noun
someone motivated by desires for sensual pleasures

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iconoclast

iconoclast

/ˌaɪˈkɑnəˌkɫæst/
noun
someone who attacks cherished ideas or traditional institutions

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libertine

libertine

/ˈɫɪbɝˌtin/
noun
a dissolute person; usually a man who is morally unrestrained

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litany

litany

/ˈɫɪtəni/
noun
a prayer consisting of a series of invocations by the priest with responses from the congregation

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mores

mores

/ˈmɔˌɹeɪz/, /ˈmɔˌɹiz/
noun
(sociology) the conventions that embody the fundamental values of a group

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occult

occult

/əˈkəɫt/
noun
supernatural forces and events and beings collectively

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prognostication

prognostication

/pɹɑɡˌnɑstəˈkeɪʃən/
noun
knowledge of the future (usually said to be obtained from a divine source)

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recluse

recluse

/ɹɪˈkɫus/
noun
one who lives in solitude

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solecism

solecism

/sˈoʊlsɪzəm/
noun
a socially awkward or tactless act

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turpitude

turpitude

/ˈtɝpɪˌtud/
noun
a corrupt or depraved or degenerate act or practice

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arcane

arcane

/ˌɑɹˈkeɪn/
adjective
requiring secret or mysterious knowledge

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benighted

benighted

/bɪˈnaɪtɪd/
adjective
lacking enlightenment or knowledge or culture

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contrite

contrite

/kənˈtɹaɪt/
adjective
feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses

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diabolical

diabolical

/ˌdaɪəˈbɑɫɪkəɫ/
adjective
extremely evil or cruel; expressive of cruelty or befitting hell

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disjointed

disjointed

/dɪsˈdʒɔɪntɪd/
adjective
lacking orderly continuity

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fanatical

fanatical

/fəˈnætɪkəɫ/
adjective
marked by excessive enthusiasm for and intense devotion to a cause or idea

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gregarious

gregarious

/ɡɹəˈɡɛɹiəs/
adjective
instinctively or temperamentally seeking and enjoying the company of others

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indifferent

indifferent

/ˌɪnˈdɪfɝənt/, /ˌɪnˈdɪfɹənt/
adjective
characterized by a lack of partiality

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orthodox

orthodox

/ˈɔɹθəˌdɑks/
adjective
adhering to what is commonly accepted

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pious

pious

/ˈpaɪəs/
adjective
having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity

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principled

principled

/ˈpɹɪnsəpəɫd/
adjective
(of a person or their behavior) having strong beliefs about morality; based on morality

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polarized

polarized

adjective
divided into groups that strongly disagree

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sacrosanct

sacrosanct

/ˈsækɹoʊsæŋkt/
adjective
must be kept sacred

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secular

secular

/ˈsɛkjəɫɝ/
adjective
having no connection with religion

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unseemly

unseemly

/ənˈsimɫi/
adjective
not in keeping with accepted standards of what is right or proper in polite society

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