1. a quick, sharp return in speech or action; counterstroke: a brilliant riposte to an insult.
banal buh-NAL, -NAHL, BEYN-l, adjective:
devoid of freshness or originality; hackneyed; trite: a banal and sophomoric treatment of courage on the frontier.
perspicuous per-SPIK-yoo-uhs, adjective:
1. clearly expressed or presented; lucid.
This perspicuous presentation makes possible that understanding which consists just.
— Iris Murdoch, Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals, 1992
litigious li-TIJ-uhs, adjective:
1. inclined to dispute or disagree; argumentative.
2. of or pertaining to litigation.
3. excessively or readily inclined to litigate: a litigious person.
misology mi-SOL-uh-jee, mahy-, noun:
distrust or hatred of reason or reasoning.
The ultimate consequence of misology is a kind of self-destruction in which what is destroyed is that aspect of the self represented by active reason.
— David A. White, Myth and…
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