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despond
v. to become discouraged or disheartened
semantic
adj. of or relating to meaning in language
out-and-out
adj. complete, thorough-going
gross
adj.
1. obvious ()
2. unmitigated in any way; utter ()
3. big, bulky, esp. excessively fat
4. general, broad ()
5. carnal, earthy
6. unrefined, crudely vulgar
1. gross injustice

2. gross sales

4. the gross outlines of a plan
zeal
n. enthusiastic devotion to something and tireless diligence in its furtherance
ardent
adj.
1. passionate, devoted, enthusiastic, zealous, fervent
ardent love; ardent theater-goer

2. fiery, hot
ardent core of a star

3. vehement, fierce
ardent eyes
fervor
n.
1. intense heat
2. intensity of feeling or expression
ardor
–noun

1. great warmth of feeling; fervor; passion:
She spoke persuasively and with ardor.

2. intense devotion, eagerness, or enthusiasm; zeal:
his well-known ardor for Chinese art.

3. burning heat.
appropos (adv. & adj.)
adv.
1. at the appropriate time
2. in passing; by the way

adj.
relevant
avarice
n. greed
alliteration
n. the repetition of initial sounds in adjacent words or syllables
vain
adj.

1. excessively proud of or concerned about one's own appearance, qualities, achievements, etc.; conceited: a vain dandy: vain remarks.

2. ineffectual or unsuccessful; futile: a vain effort.

3. without real significance, value, or importance; baseless or worthless: vain pageantry; vain display.
vainglory
n.
1. Outspoken conceit;

Boastful, unwarranted pride in one's accomplishments or qualities; vain()

2. Vain (), ostentatious display;

empty pomp() or show.
vain: Excessively proud of one's appearance or accomplishments; conceited

2. vain: worthless, baseless

pomp: stately or splendid display; splendor; magnificence.
coy
adj.
1. bashful, shy (real or affected)

2. irritatingly reticent ()
reticent: restrained; reluctant
hackneyed
adj. lacking in freshness or originality
ostentatious
adj

making an exaggerated outward show to impress others; a pretentious and vulgar display, esp. of wealth and luxury; showing off [syn: pretentious, kitsch]
1. "an ostentatious sable coat"

2. Tawdry: Gaudy and cheap in nature or appearance.
2. Shameful or indecent: tawdry secrets.
cresendo
adv/adj. increasing in loudness--used as a direction in music
wily
adj. marked by skill in deception; cunning
cunning
adj.
1. marked by or given to artful () deception

2. executed with or exhibiting ingenuity ()

3. cute, attractive, quaint()
artful: skillful; --done with or characterized by art or skill

ingenuity: creativity, cleverness, resourcefulness

quaint: charmingly odd, especially in an old-fashioned way
clever
adj.
marked by wit () or ingenuity ()
wit: intelligence

ingenuity: creativity, cleverness, or resourcefullness
dexterity
n.
1. mental skill or quickness

2. readiness and grace in physical activity, esp. skill and ease in using the hands
ingenuity
n.
marked by or showing creativity, cleverness, or resourcefullness
guile
n. treacherous cunning; skillful deceit
rancor
n. bitter, deep-seated ill will
enmity
n. ill will, esp. mutual hatred
delineate
v. to depict in drawing or words; outline; describe
gad
v. to move about restlessly with little purpose; wander
gaffe
n. an unusual social blunder
gallivant
v. to travel, roam, or move about for pleasure
meander
n. a winding course, as of a person's travels or the path of a river or stream
rove
v. to wander over or through, esp. a large area; roam
pithy
adj. Precisely meaningful; forceful and brief; concise
impudent
adj. marked by offensive boldness;

insolent ()

impertinent()

shameless
insolent: audaciously rude

impertinent: improperly forward or bold
impertinent
adj.
1. improperly bold or forward
2. not relevant
prowess
n.
1. military valor() or skill
2. extraordinary ability
valor: bravery
serrepticious
adj. done by stealth; clandestine
asseverate
v. to declare seriously or positively; affirm
ascribe
v. to attribute; to refer to a supposed cause, source or author
dawdle
v.
1. to spend time wastefully or idlely
2. loiter
impute
v. to attribute or relate a particular cause, source, responsibility or credit

esp. attribute fault to
shrewd
1. astute or sharp in practical matters ()

2. tricky, artful ()

3. keen; piercing; penetrating ()
1. a shrewd politician.

2. slyly crafty or cunning; deceitful

a shrewd con-man

shrewd schemes

3. a shrewd wind.
discerning
adj. revealing insight and understanding; perceptive
astute
adj.

Having or showing shrewdness and discernment, especially with respect to one's own concerns. See Synonyms at shrewd.
discern
v.
1. to detect with the eyes or other senses

2. to discriminate; differentiate

3. to come to know or recognize mentally
machination
n. a crafty scheme or cunning design for the accomplishment of a sinister end
crestfallen
adj. dejected, dispirited
judicious
adj. sound discernment () and judgment; sensible and prudent
discernment: having keen perception and insight
lackidaisical
adj. lacking spirit or liveliness; showing lack of interest; languid, listless
facetious
adj. characterized by flippant () or inappropriate humor
flippant: marked by disrespectful levity or casualness
flippant
adj. lacking in seriousness; treating serious things lightly; disrespectful
languid
adj. lacking vigor ();
idle ();
inert ();
apathetic ()
vigor: active physical and mental strength or energy

indle: indolent/lazy

inert (sluggish and slow)

apathetic: having or showing no emotion or interest
colloquy
n. the act of conversing; a conversation
garland
n.
1. a wreath of flowers, leaves, etc. worn on the head or hung as decoration

2. a prize or distinction
listless
adj. lacking energy or enthusiasm, disinclined for exertion
inert
adj.
1. motionless
2. sluggish, slow
idle
adj.
1. indolent; lazy

2. not in use; unemployed

3. having no special basis or purpose

4. (of an action, thought, word) ineffective, worthless, vain
3. an idle insult

4. vain: (not yielding the desired outcome; fruitless)
loquacious
adj. talkative
susurus
n. a whispering or rustling sound; a murmur
adulation
n. obsequious () flattery ()

exaggerated and hypocritical praise
obsequious: servile, fawning

flattery: exaggerated or insincere praise
tawdry
adj.
1. Gaudy() and cheap in nature or appearance.

2. Shameful or indecent()
1. gaudy: Showy in a tasteless or vulgar way.

2. tawdry secrets.
gaudy
adj.

Showy in a tasteless or vulgar way.
pretentious
adj.
1. Claiming or demanding a position of distinction or merit, especially when unjustified.

2. Making or marked by an extravagant outward show; ostentatious; bombastic ((of speech, writing, etc.) high-sounding; high-flown; inflated); showy.
quaint
adj.
1. Charmingly odd, especially in an old-fashioned way()

2. Unfamiliar or unusual in character; strange ()

3. Cleverly made
1. Quaint old maid
“Sarah Orne Jewett... was dismissed by one critic as merely a New England old maid who wrote quaint, plotless sketches of late 19th-century coastal Maine” (James McManus).

2. quaint dialect words.

3. quaint invention
keen
1. finely sharpened, as an edge; so shaped as to cut or pierce substances readily: a keen razor.

2. having or showing great mental penetration or acumen: keen reasoning; a keen mind.

3. characterized by strength and distinctness of perception; extremely sensitive or responsive: keen eyes; keen ears.

4. sharp, piercing, or biting: a keen wind; keen satire.

5. animated by or showing strong feeling or desire: keen competition: keen ambition; keen jealousy.

6. eager; interested; enthusiastic (often fol. by about, on, etc., or an infinitive): She is really keen on going swimming.

7. Slang. great; wonderful; marvelous. a keen party, a keen song