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