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::: nihilist - one who considers traditional beliefs to be groundless and existence meaningless; absolute skeptic; revolutionary terrorist; CF. nihilism: belief that nothing has meaning or value; belief that destruction of existing political or social institutions is necessary for future improvement
::: ultimatum - last demand; last warning; last statement of conditions that must be met; Ex. They have ignored our ultimatum.
::: despot - tyrant; harsh, authoritarian ruler; CF. despotism
::: garbled - mixed up; jumbled; distorted; V. garble: mix up or distort (a message) to such an extent as to make misleading or unintelligible
::: encompass - surround; include; Ex. His activities encompass publishing and computers.
::: excerpt - selected passage (written or musical) taken from a longer work; V.
::: acclivity - sharp upslope of a hill; OP. declivity
::: forthright - straightforward; direct; frank
::: tumid - (of a part of the body) swollen; distended; bombastic; pompous
::: intrepid - fearless