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omniscient
1) having infinite awareness, understanding, and insight 2) possessed of universal or complete knowledge (the ~God)
transgression
infringement or violation of a law, command, or duty
flippant
lacking proper respect or seriousness
teeter
to move unsteadily: WOBBLE, WAVER, VACILLATE
detract
1) to diminish the importance, value, or effectiveness of something (often used with "from") 2) DIVERT (to ~attention)
igneous
1) resembling fire: FIERY
subsume
to include or place within something larger or more comprehensive
emollient
1) making less intense or harsh: MOLLIFYING 2) something that softens or soothes
riposte
a retaliatory verbal sally: RETORT
implode
1) to burst inward 2) to break down or fall apart from within: SELF-DESTRUCT
sobriety
the quality or state of being sober
prohibitive
tending to preclude use or purchase
mulct
1) to punish by a fine 2) to defraud especially of money: SWINDLE 3) to obtain by fraud, duress, or theft
jingoist
extreme chauvinism or nationalism marked especially by a belligerent foreign policy
cow
1) to destroy the resolve or courage 2) to bring to a state or an action by intimidation (used with "into")
defenestrate
1) a throwing of a person or thing out of a window 2) a usually swift dismissal or expulsion (as from a political party or office)
astringent
suggestive of an astringent effect upon tissue: rigidly severe: AUSTERE
obscene
1) containing or being language regarded as taboo in polite usage (~lyrics) 2) so excessive as to be offensive (~wealth) 3) designed to incite to lust or depravity
clamor
to utter or proclaim insistently and noisily
doldrums
1) a state or period of inactivity, stagnation, or slump 2) a spell of listlessness or despondency