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anachronism

/əˈnakrəˌnɪz(ə)m/

n.

  1. a thing belonging or appropriate to a period other than that in which it exists, especially a thing that is conspicuously old-fashioned.
  2. the action of attributing something to a period to which it does not belong.

aphorism

/ˈafərɪz(ə)m/

n.

  1. a pithy observation which contains a general truth.
  2. a concise statement of a scientific principle, typically by a classical author.

apostasy

/ə-ˈpä-stə-sē/

n.

  1. an act of refusing to continue to follow, obey, or recognize a religious faith
  2. abandonment of a previous loyalty

atavistic

/ˌatəˈvɪstɪk/

adj. relating to or characterized by reversion to something ancient or ancestral.

cognizant

/ˈkɒ(ɡ)nɪz(ə)nt/

adj. having knowledge or awareness.

contemporaneous

/kənˌtɛmpəˈreɪnɪəs,kɒnˌtɛmpəˈreɪnɪəs/

adj. existing at or occurring in the same period of time.

deluge

/ˈdɛljuːdʒ/

n., v.

  1. a severe flood.
  2. overwhelm with a flood.

embryonic

/ˌɛmbrɪˈɒnɪk/

adj.

  1. relating to an embryo.”slight differences in embryonic
  2. (of a system, idea, or organization) in a rudimentary stage with potential for development.

ignominy

/ˈɪɡnəmɪni/

n. public shame or disgrace.

pugnacious

/pʌɡˈneɪʃəs/

adj. eager or quick to argue, quarrel, or fight.

ululation

/ˌəl-​yə-​ˈlā-​shən, ˌyül-​/

n. a loud utterance, usually a protracted, high-pitched, rhythmical sound especially as an expression of sorrow, joy, celebration, or reverence.