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recant - disclaim or disavow; retract a previous statement; openly confess error; Ex. recant one's faith/a statement
gesticulation - motion; gesture; V. gesticulate: make gestures (while speaking)
prudent - cautious; careful; prudential
sophist - teacher of philosophy; quibbler; employer of fallacious reasoning; N. sophism: plausible but fallacious argument
indoctrinate - cause to accept a doctrine without questioning it; Ex. indoctrinated with mindless anti-communism
adherent - supporter; follower
vitriolic - causing sharp pain to the mind; caustic; corrosive; sarcastic; of vitriol; N. vitriol: sulphuric acid (which burns flesh deeply); bitterly abusive expression; caustic expression; CF. glass
philistine - narrow-minded person, uncultured and exclusively interested in material gain; uncultured person who is indifferent to artistic and cultural values; member of an ancient people in Palestine; OP. aesthete
supplicate - petition humbly; pray to grant a favor
functional - made for practical use only (without decoration); functioning; Ex. functional modern furniture; CF. functionalism