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::: demotic - of or pertaining to the people
::: aloft - upward; high up in the air
::: stultify - make stupid in mind; cause to appear or become stupid or inconsistent; suppress; frustrate or hinder; Ex. stultifying effect of uninteresting work; Ex. stultify free expression
::: squelch - produce a splashing sound (when stepping through mud); crush; squash; CF.
::: fetter - shackle; restrict the freedom of; N. chain or shackle for the foot of a prisoner; CF. foot
::: quizzical - curious; suggesting puzzlement (without saying); questioning; teasing; mocking; bantering; Ex. quizzical glance
::: poignancy - quality of being deeply moving; keenness of emotion; ADJ. poignant: touching; deeply moving; (of sorrow, grief, etc.) painful; keenly distressing to the mind; Ex. poignant memory/anxiety; CF. prick
::: reverie - daydream; abstracted musing
::: tendentious - promoting a particular point of view; biased; having an aim; designed to further a cause; Ex. tendentious rather than truth-seeking; CF. tend: move in a certain direction
::: synthesis - combining parts or separate things into a whole; the whole so formed; PL. syntheses; V. synthesize