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decorous
acting properly, well behaved
-- decorous behavior is requested in the library
strident
harsh and shrill sounding
-- the strident voice sounded harsher than ever
officious
nosy, minding other peoples business, casual and friendly
--they were tolerable, well bred officious and humane and hospitable
furtive
done by stealth, sly
-- the thief had a furtive manner
opalescence
play of colors like that of an opal, exhibiting milky iridescence
-- the opalescence of the woman's teeth shone brilliantly
mirage
an optical phenomenon that creates the illusion of water
-- travelers in the distance maybe see a mirage of palm trees and water
malevolent
wishing evil to happen to others
-- the villain confirmed his malevolent wishes by cheering when the tree fell and crushed the mans foot
inarticulate
not distinct, not using distinct syllables or words
--when the called to him, they only heard inarticulate mutter
sagely
exhibiting wisdom and wise judgment
--the wise man nodded his head sagely in response to the boys question
iridescent
displaying changing colors like those of a rainbow.
-- soap bubbles may shine iridescently when the sun emerges from a cloud
tremulous
trembling, quivering
--the child's voice was tremulous with sobs.
steadfast
loyal, firm of purpose
-- The steadfast servant stood faithfully by his master through tough times
gesticulate
to make use of gestures to help express an idea or feeling.
-- The speaker gesticulated by raising his arms and pounding the desk
myopia
near-sightedness, a visual defect in which distant objects appear blurred.
-- Excessive reading and other close work can cause myopia or near-sightedness
multitudinous
very numnerous, existing in great numbers
-- Multitudinous echoes were heard in the distance.
clamor
a loud out cry or protest
--there was clamor in the press for pollution control
speculate
to think carefully or reflect or to invest money in a risky enterprise
--He became poor after speculating in waht turned out to be worthless oil wells
indignation
anger at something unworth or or unfair
--cruelty to animals aroused his indignation
devour
to eat wildly
--The raging fire devoured the forest
festoon
a string of flowers
--draperies were festooned over the windowa
inscrutable
cannot be understood
-- The mans thought process was electric,inscutable and unpridictable; he delighted himself by keeping people guessing
bewilder
to confuse completely
-- the moze of corridors in the office building bewildered her.
glimmer
a faint unsteady light
-- the candle glimmered and went out
implication
the act of implying , an indirect suggestion
-- She did not actually refuse, but the way she frowned was an implication of her unwillingness to do the task
relentless
without pitty
-- the storn raged with relentless fury