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Remiss

- it would be very remiss of me not to pass on that information
- the government has been remiss in its duties
Lacking care or attention to duty; negligent
Animosity

-he no longer felt any animosity toward her
- the animosity between the King and his brother
- the five decided to put aside their animosities
Strong hostility
non·plussed

- he would be completely nonplussed and embarrassed at the idea
(of a person) Surprised and confused so much that they are unsure how to react

(of a person) Not disconcerted; unperturbed
Badinage

- cultured badinage about art and life
Humorous or witty conversation
Reprieve (ree-preeve)

- under the new regime, prisoners under sentence of death were reprieved

- the threatened pits could be reprieved
Cancel or postpone the punishment of (someone, esp. someone condemned to death)


Abandon or postpone plans to close or put an end to (something)
Mordant

- a mordant sense of humor
Having or showing a sharp or critical quality; biting
Obviate

- the Venetian blinds obviated the need for curtains

- a parachute can be used to obviate disaster
Remove (a need or difficulty)

Avoid; prevent
Privation

- years of rationing and privation
- the privations of life at the front

- cold is the privation of heat
A state in which things that are essential for human well-being such as food and warmth are scarce or lacking


The loss or absence of a quality or attribute that is normally present
Vouchsafe (vouch safe)

- it is a blessing vouchsafed him by heaven

- you'd never vouchsafed that interesting tidbit before
Give or grant (something) to (someone) in a gracious or condescending manner


Reveal or disclose (information)
Cognisant

- statesmen must be cognisant of the political boundaries within which they work
Having knowledge or being aware of
Hornswoggled

- you mean to say you were hornswoggled?
Get the better of (someone) by cheating or deception
Dishabille

- the relaxed dishabille of Lely's portraits

- the paintings of Venus all shared the same state of dishabille
The state of being only partly, or scantily clothed
Austerity

- he was noted for his austerity and his authoritarianism
OR
- the room was decorated with a restraint bordering on austerity
OR
- a simple life of prayer and personal austerity
OR
- a period of austerity
- austerity measures
Sternness or severity of manner or attitude

Extreme plainness and simplicity of style or appearance

Conditions characterized by severity, sternness, or asceticism

Difficult economic conditions created by government measures to reduce a budget deficit, esp. by reducing public expenditure
Abreast

- the path was wide enough for two people to walk abreast
- they were riding three abreast
OR
- the cart came abreast of the Americans in their rickshaw
OR
- keeping abreast of developments
Side by side and facing the same way

Alongside or even with something

Up to date with the latest news, ideas, or information
Frivolous

- rules to stop frivolous lawsuits
Not having any serious purpose or value


(of a person) Carefree and not serious
Curt

- his reply was curt
Rudely brief
Terse

- a terse statement
Sparing in the use of words; abrupt
Pithy

- she expressed herself pithily
(of language or style) Concise and forcefully expressive
Compendious

- a compendious study
- that was a compendious explanation, old chap
Containing or presenting the essential facts of something in a comprehensive but concise way
Laconic

- his laconic reply suggested a lack of interest in the topic
(of a person, speech, or style of writing) Using very few words
Pejorative

- permissiveness is used almost universally as a pejorative term
Expressing contempt or disapproval