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bliss
perfect happiness

The young movie star could conceive of no greater bliss than winning an Oscar.
blithe
joyous; heedless

Our friends' blithe looks signaled that the final had been easy.
buoy
keep afloat; raise the spirits of; encourage

Your encouragement buoyed us and gave us hope.
complacency
self-satisfaction; smugness

Don't be too pleased with yourself; complacency is dangerous.
convivial
sociable; fond of eating and drinking with friends

Our convivial host hates to dine alone.
delectable
very pleasing; delightful

the food was delectable; we enjoyed every morsel.
ecstasy
state of overwhelming joy; rapture

If we win tomorrow, there will be ecstasy; if we lose, gloom.
elated
in high spirits; joyful

Except for my sister, who misses the old neighborhood, the family is elated with our new living quarters.
frolic
romp; play and run about happily; have fun

Very young children need a safe place to frolic.
frolicsome
playful

The clown's frolicsome antics amused the children
gala
characterized by festivity

The annual Mardi Gras in New Orleans is a gala carnival of parades and merriment.
jocund
merry; cheerful; lighthearted

Our neighbor is a jocund fellow who tells amusing anecdotes.
ascetic
shunning pleasures; self-denying; austere

The ascetic Puritans rigidly suppressed many forms of recreation.
chagrin
embarrassment; mortification

Imagine my chagrin when I leaned that I had not been invited to the party!
compunction
regret; qualm; remorse; misgiving; scruple

We had no compunction about turning in the old care bc it had become undependable.
contrite
peniten; showing deep regret and sorrow for wrongdoing; repntant; remorseful

Believing the young offender to be contrite, the dean decided to give him another chance.
contrition
penitence; repntance; remorse

The ringleader showed no contrition, but his accomplices have expressed sorrow for their misdeeds.
disconsolate
cheerless; inconsolable

The mother oculd not stop her disconsolate son from sobbing over the loss of his dog.
doleful
dolorus; lugubrious; causing grief or sadness; mournful

the refugee told a doleful tale of hunger and persecution
lamentable
pitiable; rueful

The reporter described the lamentable harships of families living in war-torn Afghanistan.
maudlin
weakly sentimental and tearful

After singing a couple of maudlin nubers, the quartet was asked for something more cheerful.
pathos
quality in events or in art (literature, music, etc.) that arouses our pity

The young seamstress who precedes Sydney Carton to the guillotine addes to the pathos of A Tale of Two cities
poignant
painfully touching; piercing

One of the most poignant scenes in Macbeth occurs when Macduff learns that his wife and children have been slaughtered.
sullen
glum; morose; resentfully silent; gloomy

The sullen suspect refused to give his name and address.
tribulation
suffering; distress

The 1845 potato famine was a time of great tribulation in Ireland.
burly
husky

Extralarge football uniforms were ordered to outfit out burly linemen.
buxom
plump and attractive

Next to her thin city cousin, the farm girl looked radiant and buxom.
cherubic
chubby and innocent-looking; like a cherub ( angel in the form of a child)

Your well-nourished nephew, despite his cherubic face, can be quite mischievous.
attenuate
make thin

photographs of presiden lincoln reveal how rapidly the cares of leadership aged and attenuated him.
emaciated
make unnaturally thin; abnormally lean because of starvation or illness

Emaciated by his illness, the patient found, on his recovery, that his clothes were too big.
haggard
gaunt

Haggard from their long ordeal, the rescued mountain climbers were rushed to the hospital for treatment and rest.
svelte
slender; lithe

Ballet dancers observe a strict diet to maintain their svelte figures.
blandishment
word of mild flattery

With terms of endearment, flowers, and other blandishments, Brian won Aliya over to his side.
cajole
wheedle; coax; goad

My sister cajoled Dad into raising her allowance.
fulsome
offensive because of insincerity; repulsive; disgusting

The new chief basks in the fulsome praises of his deputy, who raves over his every decision, right or wrong.
ingratiate
work (oneslef) into favor

By tring to respond to every question, the new pupil tried to ingratiate herself with the teacher.
lackey
servant; toady

The queen could never get a frank opinion from the lackeys surrounding her, for they would always agree with her.
obsequious
subservient; fawning

The obsequious subordinates vied with one another in politeness and obedience, each hoping to win the director's favor.
sycophant
parasitic flatterer; truckler

Many sycophants live off celebrities who enjoy flattery.
truckle
submit in a subservient manner to a superior; fawn; make a doormat of oneself

Some employees, unfortunately, gain promotion by truckling to their supervisors.