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patriarch - father and ruler of a family or tribe
avantgarde - group of artists whose work is based on the newest ideas and methods; CF. vanguard
despise - look on with scorn; regard as worthless or distasteful; ADJ. despicable: contemptible
haphazard - random; by chance; happening in an unplanned manner; Ex. haphazard growth of the town
flounder - struggle and thrash about; proceed clumsily or falter (as in water, mud, snow, etc.); proceed in confusion
venerate - revere; treat with great respect
idyll - (idyl) short poem idealizing rural life; simple happy period of life (in the country); scene from such a time; Ex. idyll of two young lovers
dutiful - (duteous) (of people or their behavior) respectful; obedient (filled with a sense of duty)
inhibit - restrain; prohibit; retard or prevent; N. inhibition
mock - ridicule; deride; imitate often in derision