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exhalation
the releasing of air from the lungs; the air released from the lungs
dormant
marked by suspension of activity; temporarily devoid of external activity
In class John is dormant, but after school he immediatly comes to life.
legacy
something received from an ancestor, from a predecesso, or from the past
grimace
a facial expression that indicates pain, disgust, or disappoval
candid
indicating or suggesting sincere honesty and absense of deception
John, I wish you were always candid with me. As it is, I never know when you are telling the whole truth
evocative
tending or serving to call forth
Your comments at the PTA meeting were evocative; otherwise, Mrs. Smith would not have cried, and Mrs. Jessel would not have laughed.
deft
having the ability to do something with great skill and easily
profusely
excessively; beyond that which is normal
demean
to degrade; to talk or act so that someone else looks bad
genuflect
to touch the knee to the floor
obsequious
openly servile; disgustingly sweet
Obseqious waiters make me sick. I'd much rather if they were cool and efficient.
complacence
calm or secure in satisfaction with one's self or situation; self-satisfied with no hope for the future
malaise
an indefinite feeling of debility or lack of health indicating a more serious sickness
The mailaise will pass with a good night's sleep. If you are still uncomfortable in the morning, you will you to the doctor.
infatuated
struck sensless with exaggerated love or admiration
quarry
1. one that is sought out or hunted; an open excavation

2. Used for obtaining building stone, slate, or limestone.
loquacious
poinlessly of annoyingly talkative
bland
not irritating, stimulating, or invigorating: soothing
arbitrary
selected at random and without reason
your arbitrary decision has caused a lot of trouble. The mext time you make an important disicion, give it some thought.
brusque
blunt in manner or speech often to the point of being harsh and nasty
pander
to cater to to desires of someone
Let me pander to you...
portentous
pmpous; showing one's self off as being something special
Your lucky behavior did not win you any friends. People like individuals who are not egotystical
contrive
to think up; to put together
delineate
to describe in sharp and vivid detail
ambiguity
anything that is not clear or that is capable of being understood in at least two differnt ways
The ambiguity must be cleared up so that wer know exactly what she means.
wistful
full of unfulfilled longing or desire
dilatorty
tending or intended to cause delay; characterized by procrastination: tardy
saunter
to walk about in an idle or leisurely manner; to stroll
polychromatic
having various or changing colors