ludicrous - laughable; ridiculous; trifling

profusion - great amount; plenty; overabundance; excess; lavish expenditure; Ex. profusion of choices; ADJ.

profuse: plentiful; copious; giving or given abundantly; extravagant

serpentine - winding; twisting; of or like a serpent; Ex. serpentine course of the river; N. serpent: snake

clamor - loud continous noise; continuous demand or complaint made by a large number of people; V: make a clamor; express (a demand) continually and loudly; ADJ. clamorous

exiguous - small in amount; minute

pragmatist - practical person; N. pragmatism: pragmatic way of dealing with things

brood - sit on in order to hatch; think deeply or worry anxiously; N: the young of certain animals; group of young birds hatched at one time

founder - fail completely; sink; CF. flounder

haughtiness - pride; arrogance; ADJ. haughty

ossify - change or harden into bone; become hard and unchanging in one's ideas

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