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aesthetic

aesthetic

/ɛsˈθɛtɪk/
adjective
concerning or characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste

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archaic

archaic

/ɑɹˈkeɪɪk/
adjective
little evolved from or characteristic of an earlier ancestral type

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cosmopolitan

cosmopolitan

/ˌkɑzməˈpɑɫətən/
adjective
having a worldwide scope rather than a local or limited one

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elegiac

elegiac

/ˈɛlɪdʒək/
adjective
expressing sorrow often for something past

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fecund

fecund

/fˈɛkʌnd/
adjective
intellectually productive

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grandiloquent

grandiloquent

/ɡɹænˈdɪɫəkwənt/
adjective
lofty in style

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jejune

jejune

/ˌdʒɛˈdʒun/
adjective
displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity

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lugubrious

lugubrious

/ɫuɡˈjubɹiəs/
adjective
excessively mournful

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pedestrian

pedestrian

/pəˈdɛstɹiən/
adjective
lacking wit or imagination

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philistine

philistine

/ˈfɪɫəˌstin/
adjective
smug and ignorant and indifferent or hostile to artistic and cultural values

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ponderous

ponderous

/ˈpɑndɝəs/
adjective
labored and dull

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trite

trite

/ˈtɹaɪt/
adjective
repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

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cacophony

cacophony

/kæˈkɑfəni/
noun
a mixture of loud and harsh noises

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crescendo

crescendo

/kɹɪˈʃɛndoʊ/
noun
a slow and constant increase in the volume of a musical piece

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ersatz

ersatz

/ˈɛɹˌsɑts/, /ˈɛɹˌzɑts/
noun
an artificial or inferior substitute or imitation

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hyperbole

hyperbole

/haɪˈpɝbəˌɫi/
noun
a way of exaggerating and emphasizing on something as a figure of speech

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lament

lament

/ɫəˈmɛnt/
noun
a song, poem, musical piece, etc. that expresses the feeling of sadness and morose about a loss or death

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lampoon

lampoon

/ɫæmˈpun/
noun
a written satire that harshly criticizes or jokes about someone or something

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malapropism

malapropism

/mˈæleɪpɹˌɑːpɪzəm/
noun
the mistaken use of a word or phrase instead of one that roughly sounds similar but is irrelevant to the context and causes amusement

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monotony

monotony

/məˈnɑtəni/
noun
the quality of wearisome constancy, routine, and lack of variety

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palimpsest

palimpsest

/ˈpæɫɪˌsɛst/
noun
a manuscript (usually written on papyrus or parchment) on which more than one text has been written with the earlier writing incompletely erased and still visible

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preamble

preamble

/pɹiˈæmbəɫ/
noun
an introductory or preliminary part of a book, statute, document, etc., explaining its purpose

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prologue

prologue

/ˈpɹoʊɫɑɡ/
noun
an introductory part at the beginning of a play, movie, TV show, etc.

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recapitulation

recapitulation

/ɹɪkɐpˈɪtʃʊlˈeɪʃən/
noun
a summary at the end that repeats the substance of a longer discussion

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screed

screed

/ˈskɹid/
noun
a long monotonous harangue

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to bowdlerize

to bowdlerize

/bˈoʊdəlɹˌaɪz/
verb
edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate

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to conflate

to conflate

/kənˈfɫeɪt/
verb
mix together different elements

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