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laity - laypersons; laymen; persons not connected with the clergy
artifacts - object made by human beings, either hand-made or mass-produced
supercilious - haughty; arrogant; condescending; patronizing; CF. eyebrow, cilium
quirk - sudden sharp turn or twist; startling twist; caprice; idiosyncrasy; peculiarity of behavior; Ex. by a quirk of fate
stipend - pay for services
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
perversion - corruption; turning from right to wrong
paradox - something apparently contradictory in nature (that may nonetheless be true); statement that looks false but is actually correct
contrive - invent or fabricate in a clever way (by improvisation); manage; Ex. contrive to attract his attention
summation - act of finding the total; summing-up; summary (esp. one given by the judge at the end of a trial)