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idolatry(noun)Idol worship; excessive orunthinking devotion oradorationAfter a year in an education Ph.D.program, she'd had enough with theidolatry of Howard Gardner and histheory of multiple intelligences.“Gardner isn't a god,” she wouldsay, “and you simply can't learncalculus through movement orinterpersonal skills.”idyllic oridyll(adj, noun)Presenting a positive,peaceful view of rural life(as poetry or prose);pleasant in a natural,simple way (adj); a happy,enjoyable experience(noun)An action-packed vacation wasn'ttheir style. For their honeymoon,they enjoyed a quiet idyll in a cabinin the woods, just watching the deerand enjoying nature.ignoble(adj)Not noble; having mean,base, low motives; lowqualityWhat you have done may not beillegal, but it surely is ignoble—people who don't read the useragreement surely do not expectthat, by clicking “I Agree,” they havesigned up for a Jelly-of-the-Monthclub!imbue(verb)Permeate or saturate, asdye in a fabric; influencethroughoutAfter shearing the sheep andspinning the yarn, the next step is toimbue the yarn with dye. / Hispoems are imbued with a sense oflonging for a lost homeland.immutable(adj)UnchangeableStudies of the brains of strokepatients have shown that ouridentities are not fixed andimmutable; rather, physical injuriesto the brain can drastically changeour personalities.impasse(noun)Position or road fromwhich there is no escape;deadlockIf the union won't budge on itsdemands and the transit authoritywon't raise salaries, then we are atan impasse.
impassive(adj)Not having or not showingphysical feeling oremotionHaving been in and out of hospitalsall his life, he accepted this latestdiagnosis impassively. “Whateverhappens, happens,” he said.impecunious(adj)Poor, without moneyHaving grown up with impecuniousparents who could barely keep theelectricity on in the house, she wasnow obsessed with wealth andsecurity.imperious(adj)Commanding,domineering; acting like ahigh-ranking person;urgentHer friends were peeved by herimperious attitude and talked abouther while she was in the ladies’room: “Who does she think she is,not only picking the bar and themeeting time, but also telling uswhere to sit?”impermeable(adj)Impassable, not allowingpassage through (such asby a liquid)A good raincoat is totallyimpermeable to water.imperturbable(adj)Calm, not able to be upsetor agitatedHaving seen pretty mucheverything, the kindergarten teacherwas truly imperturbable: a morningcontaining a discipline problem, twobathroom accidents, one fight, andone temper tantrum didn't botherher in the least.impervious(adj)Impenetrable, not able tobe harmed or emotionallydisturbedThe problem with arrogant peopleis that they are impervious tocriticism of their arrogance;anything you say to them just rollsright off.