sublimate - refine; purify; replace (natural urges) with socially acceptable activities; change between a solid state and a gaseous state
chaotic - in utter disorder
resilient - elastic; having the power of springing back; able to recover quickly (as from misfortune)
hydrophobia - fear of water; rabies
excerpt - selected passage (written or musical) taken from a longer work; V.
lilliputian - extremely small; CF. Lilliput in Gulliver's Travels
doggerel - poor verse, comic verse composed in irregular rhythm.
cartographer - map-maker
bourgeois - middle class; selfishly materialistic; too interested in material possessions
benefit - advantage; anything that brings helpl, advantage, or profit; money provided by the government to the people; fund-raising public entertainment; Ex. unemployment benefit; V: receive benefits; be beneficial to; give benefits
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