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stoic
showing no distress
Frank's reaction to a thermometer is hardly stoic. It takes two assistants to hold him down.
voracious
greedy
Frank is a voracious eater. He is at his worst when he begs at the table.
hackneyed
worn-out
The hackeneyed phrase "Have a nice day!" is heard so often that it has become almost meaningless.
coalesce
to join
Four block associations in our neighberhood will coalesce to form a single task force.
opulence
riches
The oppulence of the magnificent, luxurious resort was in stark contrast to the poverty of the little fishing village at its gates.
incidental
secondary
Selma chose her college because it has such a good nursing program, but an incidental reason was that it was located on a beautiful campus.
sagacious
intelligent
Often when you are faced with a difficult situation, the sagacious thing to do is nothing right away, but wait to see what happens.
supplant
to replace
Acme Company fired its entire accounting staff today. It intends to supplant these employees with part-time workers.
unassailible
undeniable
Rehnquist's record is unassailible.
voluminous
large
Denise chose a wedding dress in a southern belle style, with a long voluminous skirt. Now she's worried that she'll trip over all those yard of fabric.
brusque
blunt
Rose lost her job as a receptionist because she was so brusque with people. The office replaced her with someone who spoke more politely.
effervescent
lively
The lecturer could hardly be described as effervescent. She droned on in a dreary voice, never looking up from her notes.
misanthrope
an antisocial person
One of our neighbors is a tue misanthrope. She has no friends at all.
morose
gloomy
Larry always becomes morose when he drinks. He becomes so depressed.
progeny
offspring
Grandfather worked two jobs in order to provide for his many progeny
insolvent
without money
Barry lost his head when he got his first credit card. He went on a shopping spree, couldn't pay his bills, and ended up insolvent.
Parsimonious
stingy
The boss, a parsimonious man, insists that we save old memos and letters and use the backs of pages as notepaper.
prodigal
extravagant
Mary and Kim both make decent salaries. They could live comfortably on what they make if they weren't such prodigal spenders.
surrepitious
secret
As the wedding reception ended, several guests made surrepititious trips to the parking lot, where they tied tin cans and crepe paper to the newlyweds' car.
brevity
briefness
Everyone was surprised by the brevity of the principal's speech at gradutaion. He spoke for less than five minutes.
clemency
mercy
The convicted murderer was executed, even though he begged for clemency.
frivolous
lighthearted
Do you feel like a serious movie or something more frivolous?
lampoon
to make fun of
Every movie, the Scary Movie series lampoons a recent horror movie.
querulous
discontented
People who work in customer service must get used to lots of quelulous customers.
reproach
an expression of disapproval
The kids deserve a reproach for making such a mess of the house while their parents were away.
respite
time off
Emergency room doctors work long shifts. Their only respite is a short nap on a couch.
torpor
drowsiness
The sleepy little town seemed to doze peacefully through the summer afternoon. It looked as if nothing could rouse it from its torpor.
unscathed
unhurt
He was able to leave the collision unscathed, thanks to his seatbelt.
copious
plentiful
Weeds are copious in Alex's garden, but flowers are not.
dearth
shortage
The dearth of snow was disappointing. We wanted a white christmas.
eloquent
stirring
The womens shelter wrote an eloquent letter to the newspapers, describing the victims plaeding for donations.
jargon
technical language
I understand nothing they say in the computer store, they talk with a language full of jargon.
levity
lightheartedness
Puppies are have too much levity. The don't have a care in the world.
meander
to wander
Come straight home from school. Don't meander!
peripheral
of little importance
The lecturer kept getting sidetracked because the students kept asking peripheral questions that had nothing to do with her topic.
vacillate
to hesitate
I always vacillate when making decisions. I want to be careful about my choices.