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rhetoric - art of effective communication; art of using language effectively and persuasively; style of speaking or writing; grandiloquent language; Ex. political rhetoric; ADJ. rhetorical; CF. rhetorical question: question to which no answer is expected as ``Who knows it ?''
syllogism - logical formula consisting of a major premise, a minor premise and a conclusion; deceptive or specious argument
inkling - hint; slight indication
stodgy - dull; stuffy; boringly conservative; Ex. stodgy book
divulge - reveal
preclude - make impossible; prevent; exclude; eliminate
refectory - dining hall; room where meals are served (in a school)
torpor - lethargy; sluggishness; dormancy; ADJ. torpid: lethargic; lazy; inactive; (of an animal) dormant; hibernating
indoctrinate - cause to accept a doctrine without questioning it; Ex. indoctrinated with mindless anti-communism
stoop - bend forward and down; lower or debase oneself; fall to a lower standard of behavior by doing something; condescend; Ex. stoop to lying