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disrepute
n. state of not being reputable
flout
(towards a rule, law etc.) disregard, treat with disdain; show contempt for
antithesis
1. the exact opposite of 2. a contrast or opposition (between two things) 3. (hegelian philosophy) negation of a thesis
contentious
controversial, subject of intense argument
diffuse
scattered, vague, not concentrated (also verb: spread, scatter)
flaccid
1. (fml) flabby, soft and weak 2. (dis) weak and non-effective
flippant
not serious when appropriate while attempting to be funny or clever, cheeky, facetious
captious
adj. hard to please
dictum
a proclamation from authority; a conventional truth
amenable
open to persuasion or influence
disavow
v. claim not to have knowledge of
foible
n. small weakness
askance
attitude/look of mistrust, suspicion or disapproval.
dispassionate
unbiased, not affected by emotion; calm
countervail
v. act against with equal force
diffidence
shyness and modesty (resulting from a lack of confidence)
anterior
adj. at the front of
hypothetical
existing only in theory
grievous
serious, severe, causing great pain
clamor
n. the yell of a crowd
cull
kill a proportion of the population of; (with object) to collect, choose
feral
adj. like a wild animal
abate
reduce
counteract
v. act in opposition to
dilapidated
adj. old, falling apart