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deride - ridicule; treat with contempt; make fun of; OP. respect
conjure - cause to appear by magic; summon (a devil or a spirit) by magical power; practice magic (esp. by very quick movement of the hands); evoke; conjure up: bring into the mind; Ex. The magician conjured a rabbit out of his hat.
apocryphal - (of a story) widely believed but untrue
empathy - ability to identify with another's feelings, ideas, etc.; identification with and understanding of another's feelings; V. empathize; CF. sympathy
soliloquy - talking to oneself (esp. in a play); CF. monologue: soliloquy; long speech by one person (often monopolizing a conversation)
scurrilous - abusive; obscene; indecent; Ex. scurrilous remark
carping - petty criticism; fault-finding; fretful complaining; quibble
scrutinize - examine closely and critically; N. scrutiny
pulchritude - beauty; comeliness; ADJ. pulchritudinous
synthesis - combining parts or separate things into a whole; the whole so formed; PL. syntheses; V. synthesize