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conundrum /kəˈnʌndrəm/


  • a confusing and difficult problem or question
He is faced with the conundrum of trying to find a job without having experience
  • a question or problem having only a conjectural answer
the political conundrums involved, particularly the problem of how the richer areas … can be made to subsidize the poorer

profligate /ˈprɒflɪɡət/


  • recklessly extravagant or wasteful in the use of resources
profligate consumers of energy
  • licentious; dissolute.
he succumbed to drink and a profligate lifestyle


  • a licentious, dissolute person.
he is a drunkard and a profligate

veracity /vəˈrasɪti/


  • conformity to facts; accuracy.
officials expressed doubts concerning the veracity of the story
  • habitual truthfulness.
voters should be concerned about his veracity and character

extenuating /ɪkˈstɛnjʊeɪtɪŋ/


  • (of a factor or situation) serving to lessen the seriousness of an offence
library staff will waive fines where there are genuine extenuating circumstances

hiatus /hʌɪˈeɪtəs/


  • a pause or break in continuity in a sequence or activity
there was a brief hiatus in the war with France

wherewithal /ˈwɛːwɪðɔːl/


  • the money or other means needed for a particular purpose.
they lacked the wherewithal to pay

tu quoque /ˈtü-ˈkwō-kwē/


  • a retort charging an adversary with being or doing what the adversary criticizes in others
Alice: "Bob is a murderer!
Bob: "You shouldn't believe her, she's a murderer too!
The response is only blaming the claimer for the same thing he/she did as well. This doesn't refute the fact Bob is a murderer, but only draws away the attention by involving another person.

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