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apothegm

apothegm

/ɐpˈɑːθɛm/
noun
a short pithy instructive saying

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anachronism

anachronism

/əˈnækɹəˌnɪzəm/
noun
something located at a time when it could not have existed or occurred

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artifact

artifact

/ˈɑɹtəˌfækt/
noun
an object such as a weapon, tool, etc. that was made by a person in the past, particularly one that is of historical significance

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buttress

buttress

/ˈbətɹəs/
noun
a structure made of bricks or stones that sticks out of a building wall and supports the weight of it

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connoisseur

connoisseur

/ˌkɑnəˈsɝ/
noun
an expert who can judge the quality of a work of art, a food, a drink, etc.

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counterpoint

counterpoint

/ˈkaʊntɝˌpɔɪnt/
noun
the combination of two separate melodies into a single harmony, according to certain rules

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denouement

denouement

/ˌdeɪˌnuˈmɑn/
noun
the final part of a literary or dramatic piece where the plot is concluded and the matters are all explained

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epigram

epigram

/ˈɛpəˌɡɹæm/
noun
a witty saying

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eulogy

eulogy

/ˈjuɫədʒi/
noun
a formal expression of praise

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prolixity

prolixity

/pɹəlˈɪksɪɾi/
noun
the fact of being bombarded with words, therefore creating a tedious effect

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raconteur

raconteur

/ˌɹækɑnˈtuɹ/
noun
a person skilled in telling anecdotes

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rhetoric

rhetoric

/ˈɹɛtɝɪk/
noun
study of the technique and rules for using language effectively (especially in public speaking)

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to inform

to inform

/ˌɪnˈfɔɹm/
verb
give character or essence to

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canonical

canonical

/kəˈnɑnəkəɫ/
adjective
conforming to orthodox or recognized rules

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fanciful

fanciful

/ˈfænsɪfəɫ/
adjective
not based on fact; existing only in the imagination

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figurative

figurative

/ˈfɪɡjɝətɪv/
adjective
(used of the meanings of words or text) not literal; using figures of speech

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hackneyed

hackneyed

/ˈhæknid/
adjective
repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

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kafkaesque

kafkaesque

/ˈkɑfkəˈɛsk/
adjective
characterized by surreal distortion and a sense of impending danger

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limpid

limpid

/lˈɪmpɪd/
adjective
(of language) transparently clear; easily understandable

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macabre

macabre

/məˈkɑbɝ/, /məˈkɑbɹə/
adjective
shockingly repellent; inspiring horror

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mellifluous

mellifluous

/mɛlˈɪfluːəs/
adjective
pleasing to the ear

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objective

objective

/əbˈdʒɛktɪv/
adjective
existing in the outside world and not in the mind

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phantasmagorical

phantasmagorical

/fˌæntɐzmɐɡˈɔːɹɪkəl/
adjective
characterized by fantastic imagery and incongruous juxtapositions

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phony

phony

/ˈfoʊni/
adjective
fraudulent; having a misleading appearance

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posthumous

posthumous

/ˈpɑstʃʊməs/
adjective
occurring or coming into existence after a person's death

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subjective

subjective

/səbˈdʒɛktɪv/
adjective
happening in or dependent on someone's mind rather than the outside world

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