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INEXPLICABLE
Adjective

DEFINITION
Incapable of being explained; interpreted or accounted for

She always had a series of inexplicable accidents.
For some inexplicable reason, she chose that moment to break the bad news.
If something is inexplicable, you cannot explain why it is true.
For some inexplicable reason, the investors decided to pull out of the deal.

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LUCID
Adjective

DEFINITION 
clearly express and easy to understand, or (of person) thinking, speaking or writing clearly
have full use of one’s faculties; sane
Literary: bright or luminous
psychology(of a dream) experienced with the dreamer feeling awake, aware of dreaming, and able to control event consciously

Examples

She gave a clear and lucid account of her plans for the company’s future.
One minute he can be very lucid and at other times he’s confused about where is.
I know I probably wasn’t really awake; maybe it was a lucid dream?
It is a lucid bright day, and a lush tree looms across the window.

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MISOGYNIST
Noun
DEFINITION

A person who dislikes, despises or is strongly prejudiced against women.
A man who hates women or believes that men are better than women.

EXAMPLES
If you are someone who believes women belong in the kitchen and shouldn’t be accorded the same respect as men, you might be a misogynist.
Perhaps you are a misogynist in wanting to dictate a women’s appropriate title instead of respecting her choice.
She left the church because of its misogynist teachings on women and their position in society.

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ACQUIESCE
Verb

DEFINITION

To accept, or agree, give in, go along with something without protest, often unwillingly.

Examples

The administration decided to acquiesce and let the students have a dance.
Although Bill’s every instinct told him to acquiesce and sign over his company; he decided to fight for his future.
Despite the fact he is losing the debate, Bill will never acquiesce.
Despite acquiescing in the board’s decision, he had never really changed his view.
Bill hesitated before he acquiesced to the offer.

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ORENDA
Noun
DEFINITION
A supernatural force believed by the Iroquois Indians to be present, in varying degrees, in all object or persons, and to be a spiritual force by which human accomplishment is attained or accounted for.

Examples
This orenda is your power to do things, your force, sometimes almost your personality.
A sorcerer or shaman has orenda.
The mystical power of orenda is thought to pervade all things.
Through dreaming and sharing dreams, the Iroquois believed that they contacted the sacred power of orenda.

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ALTRUISTIC
Adjective
DEFINITION

Unselfishly concerned for or devoted to the welfare of others (opposed to egoistic); charitable acts motivated purely by altruism

Examples
We should not cast suspicion on altruistic people and organizations dedicated to improving the lot of people in need.
A threatened calf might share some genes with the rescuer, making the apparently altruistic act of saving it somewhat self-interested.
Evolutionary biology suggests our natural genetic instinct is to behave in an altruistic and supportive way if someone is being attacked.