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taciturn
def-habitually silent or quiet, inclined to talk very little

'the girl seemed shy and taciturn at first, but opened up to conversation later in the day'
arrogate
def-to claim or take without right

'the ceo arrogated the previous ideas of others and boasted them loudly at the cocktail party'
germane
def-relevant, appropriate, apropos

'most questions asked in that class are irrelevant and waste time, but there are germane questions asked on occasion'
encomium
def-a formal expression of priase, a lavish tribute

'the professor boasted many encomiums about the award-winning scholar during class one morning'
acquisitive
def-able to get and to retain ideas or info; concerned with acquiring wealth or property

'the acquisitive businessman stopped at nothing to get the promotion and pay raise'
excoriation
def-a strong denunciation; the act or state of stripping or wearing off skin

'the gruesome excoriation on his left foot was due to excessively wearing small shoes'
insatiable
def-so great or demanding that it cannot be satisfied

'the young mans insatiable need for drugs led to his admittance in a rehab clinic'
carping
def-adj-tending to find fault, esp in a petty, nasty or hairsplitting way. noun-petty, nagging criticism

'the carping music instructor scolded the singer for going sharp on one note in the entire piece'
tenable
def-capable of being held or defended

'the politicians tenable views made him very popular as people were able to defend his values'
largesse
def-generosity in giving, lavish or bountiful contributions

'the largesse oprah gave to the charity was only a fraction of her annual contributions'
invidious
def-offensice, hateful, tending to cause bitterness and resentment

'the burn book in mean girls had nasty and invidious comments written about every girl in the school'
reconnaissance
def-a survey made for military purposes, any kind of preliminary inspection or exam.

'a drug test is a key example of a reconnaissance given prior to training'
coherent
def-holding or sticking together, making a logical whole; comprehensible, meaningful

'the coherent best friends had never been apart for more than a week'
banal
def-hackneyed, trite, commonplace

'instead of being creative and inspiring like usual, the artist's work was simply banal.
eschew
def-to avoid, shun, keep away from

'after the messy and painful breakup, the girl kept her distance and eschewed her ex'
intransigent
def-refusing to compromise, irreconcilable

'the young couples intransigent issues over money forshadowed their early divorce'
substantiate
def-to establish by evidence, prove; to give concrete or substantial form to.

'the boy substantiated the flat basketball by filling it up with air'
temporize
def-to stall or act evasively in order to gain time, avoid a confrontation, or postpone a decision; to compromise

'spending 20 minutes temporizing with weekend stories is a good strategy for people who havent completed homework'
congeal
def-to change from liquid to solid, thicken; to make inflexible or rigid

'the mixture finally congealed into ice cream after sitting in the freezer for an hour'
emulate
def-to imitate with the intent of equaling or surpassing the model

'the apprentice worked hard to emulate the masters every move and step'
belabor
def- to work on excessively, to thrash soundly

'the excessive belaboring of the student was done in part because the teacher was racist'
ramify
def-to divide and spread out like branches, to seperate into divisions

'the coach will ramify the basketball teams into varsity, jv, and freshman'