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Ambivalent
Having mixed or opposing feelings at the same time
Anomaly/Anomalous
Deviation from the norm or what is expected / Atypical
Dearth, Paucity
A scarcity or shortage of something
Prattle
To speak in a foolish manner; to babble incessantly
Wry, Droll
Dry; humorous with a clever twist and a touch of irony
UNconventional, UNorthodox
Not ordinary or typical; characterized by avoiding customary conventions and behaviors
Meticulous, Painstaking, Fastidious
Extremely careful; very exacting
Indifferent, Apathetic
Marked by a lack of interest or concern
Pragmatic
Practical
Evocation
An imaginative re-creation of something, a calling forth
Presumptuous
Taking liberties; brashly overstepping one's place
Recalcitrant
Stubbornly resistance and defiance
Boon
A timely benefit, a blessing
Clandestine, Surreptitious
Secret; covert; not open
Affable, Amiable, Genial, Gregarious
Agreeable; marked by a pleasing personality
Austere, Austerity
Having no adornment or ornamentation
Altruism
Unselfish concern for the welfare of others
Ambiguity
The quality or state of having more than one possible meaning
Upbraid, Reproach, Castigate
To express disapproval
Nostalgia
A wistful, sentimental longing for a place or time in the past
Conjecture
An inference based upon guesswork
Obsolete, Archaic, Antiquated
No longer in use; outmoded
Morose
Very depressed
Impasse
Deadlock; Stalemate
Auspicious, Propitious
Very favorable
Anachronism
False assignment of a person, place, or thing to a time when the event or person did not take place
Mitigate, Mollify, Assuage, Alleviate
To relieve
Covet/Covetous
To strongly desire, grasping, greedy
Antithesis/Antithetical
The direct or exact opposite
Prototype
An original model; an initial design
Aloof
Detached; distant physically or emotionally
Antecedent
A preceding event; forerunner
Plausible
Believable; credible
Implausible
Unbelievable; incredible
Prudent
Careful; cautious; sensible
Paradox
Contradictory statement
Enigmatic, Inscrutable
Mysterious; puzzling
Acquiesce
To comply; agree
Naive, Gullible
Unaffectedly simple; lacking worldy expertise
Pandemic
An epidemic that is geographically widespread
Fortitude
Strenght of mind that allows one to endure pain