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ACQUISITIVE
able to get and retain ideas or information; concerned with acquiring wealth or property

syn: greedy, grasping, avaricious, retentive

antonyms: altruistic, unretentive
ARROGATE
to claim or take without right

syn: expropriate, usurp, commandeer

antonyms: relinquish, renounce, abdicate, abandon
BANAL
hackneyed, trite, commonplace

syn: stale, insipid

antonyms: fresh, novel, original, new
BELABOR
to work on excessively; to thrash soundly

syn: overwork
CARPING
tending to find falut, especially in a petty, nasty, or hairsplitting way; petty nagging criticism

syn: nit-picking, caviling

antonyms: approving, uncritical
COHERENT
holding or sticking together; making a logical whole; comprehensible, meaningful

syn: connected, unified, consistent, cohesive

antonyms: muddled, chaotic, disjointed
CONGEAL
to change from liquid to solid, thicken; to make inflexible or rigid

syn: harden, jell, coagulate, solidify

antonyms: melt, liquefy
EMULATE
to imitate with the intent of equaling or surpassing the model

syn: copy, mimic, rival, match, measure up to
ENCOMIUM
a formal expression of praise, a lavish tribute

syn: panegyric, eulogy, commendation

antonyms: condemnation, castigation, criticism
ESCHEW
to avoid, shun, keep away from

syn: abstain from, steer clear of, forgo

antonyms: embrace, adopt
GERMANE
relevant, appropiate, apropos, fitting

syn: pertinent

antonyms: irrelevant, extraneous, inappropriate
INSATIABLE
so great or demanding as not to be satisfied

syn: unquenchable, ravneous, voracious
INTRANSIGENT
refusing to compromise, irreconcilable
INVIDIOUS
offensive, hateful; tending to cause bitterness and resentment

syn: malicious, spiteful, prejudicial, pejorative

antonyms: complimentary, flattering, ameliorative
LARGESSE
generosity in giving; lavish or bountiful contributions

syn: liberality, munificence, bounty

antonyms: stinginess, miserliness, niggardliness
RECONNAISSANCE
a survey made for military purposes; any kind of preliminary inspection or examination

syn: scouting expedition
SUBSTANTIATE
to establish by evidence, prove; to give concrete or substantial form to

syn: verify, confirm, validate, authenticate

antonyms: refute, disprove, invalidate
TACITURN
habitually silent or quiet, inclined to talk very little

syn: tight-lipped, uncommunicative, laconice

antonyms: garrulous, loquacious, prolix, verbose
TEMPORIZE
to stall or act evasively in order to gain time, avoid a confrontation, or postpone a decision; to compromise

syn: hedge, dillydally, procrastinate
TENABLE
capable of being held or defended

syn: defensible, justifiable, maintainable

antonyms: indefensible, unjustifiable
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ACCOST
to approach and speak to first; to confront in a challenging or agressive

syn: buttonhole, approach, confront

antonyms: evade, avoid, shun
ANIMADVERSION
a comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval

syn: rebuke, reproof

antonyms: praise, compliment
AVID
desirous of something to the point of greed; intensely eager

syn: keen, enthusiastic, grasping

antonyms: reluctant, indifferent, unenthusiastic
BRACKISH
having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink

syn: briny, saline

antonyms: fresh, clear, sweet
CELERITY
swiftness, rapidity of motion or action

syn: promptness, alacrity, speed

antonyms: slowness, sluggerishness, dilatoriness
DEVIOUS
straying or wandering from a straight or direct course; done or acting in a shifty or underhanded way

syn: roundabout, indirect, tricky, sly, artful

antonyms: direct, straightforward, open, aboveboard
GAMBIT
in chess, an opening move that invlives risk or sacrifice of a minor piece in order to gain a later advantage; any opening move of this type

syn: ploy, strategem, ruse, maneuver
HALCYON
a legendary bird identified with the kingfisher; of or relating to the halcyon; calm, peaceful; happy, golden; prosperous, affluent

syn: tranquil, serene, placid, palmy

antonyms: turbulent, chaotic, tumultuous
HISTRIONIC
pertaining to actors and their techniques; theatrical, artificial; melodramatic

syn: affected, stagy

antonyms: low-keyed, muted, untheatrical, subdued
INCENDIARY
deliberately setting or fire causing; designed to start fires; tending to stir up strife or rebellion; one who deliberately sets fires, arsonist; one who causes strife

syn: inflammatory, provocative; firebrand

antonyms: soothing, quieting; peacemaker
MAELSTROM
a whirlpool of great size and violence; a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence and destruction

syn: vortex, chaos, turbulence, tumult
MYOPIC
nearsighted; lacking a broad, realistic view of a situation; lacking foresight or discernment

syn: shortsighted

antonyms: farsighted
OVERT
open, not hidden, expresses or revealed in a way that is easily recognized

syn: clear, obvious, manifest, patent

antonyms: secret, clandestine, covert, concealed
PEJORATIVE
tending to make worse; expressing disapproval or disparagement, derogatory, deprecatpry, belittling

antonyms: complimentary, ameliorative
PROPRIETY
the state of being proper, appropriateness; standards of what is proper or socially acceptable

syn: fitness, correctness, decorum

antonyms: unseemliness, inappropriateness
SACRILEGE
improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred

syn: desecration, profanation, defilement
SUMMARILY
without delay or formality; briefly, concisely

syn: promptly, peremptorily, abruptly
SUPPLIANT
asking humbly and earnestly; one who makes a request humbly and earnestly, a petitioner, suitor
TALISMAN
an object that serves as a charm or is believed to confer magical powers, an amulet, fetish
UNDULATING
to move in waves or with wavelike motion; to have a wavelike appearance or form

syn: ripple, fluctuate, rise and fall
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ARTICULATE
to pronounce distinctly; to express well in words; to connect by a joint or joints; expressed clearly and forcefully; able to to employ language clearly and forecefully; jointed

syn: pronounce, elucidate; eloquent

antonyms: mumble, slur; tongue-tied, halting
CAVORT
to romp or prance around exuberantly; to make merry

syn: gambol
CREDENCE
belief, mental acceptance

syn: credit, trust, confidence

antonyms: disbelief, skepticism, incredulity
DECRY
to condemn, express strong disapproval; to officially depreciate

syn: denounce, censure, devalue

antonyms: tout, commend, extol, laud, praise
DISSEMBLE
to disguise or conceal, deliberately give a false impression

syn: dissimulate, mask, feign
DISTRAUGHT
very much agitated or upset as a result of emotion or mental conflict

syn: frantic, distracted

antonyms: calm, composed, collected
EULOGY
a formal statement of commendation; high praise


synonyms: panegyric, encomium, tribute, testimonial
EVINCE
to display clearly, to make evident, to provoke


synonyms: exhibit, manifest, occasion
EXHUME
to remove from a grave; to bring to light


synonyms: disinter, unearth, uncover
FECKLESS
lacking in spirit and strength; ineffective, weak; irresponsible, unreliable
MURKY
dark and gloomy, obscure; lacking in clarity and precision


synonyms: dim, cloudy, unclear
NEFARIOUS
wicked, depraved, devoid of moral standards


synonyms: iniquitous, reprehensible
PIQUANT
stimulating to the tast or mind; spicy, pungent; appealingly provocative


synonyms: tangy, zestful
PRIMORDIAL
developed or created at the very beginning; going back to the most ancient times or earliest stage; fundamental, basic


synonyms: original, primeval, primal
PROPINQUITY
nearness in place or time; kinship


synonyms: proximity, similarity
UNWONTED
not usual or expected; not in character


synonyms: unusual, uncommon, unexpected, atypical
UTOPIAN
founded upon or involving a visionary view of an ideal world; impractical


synonyms: idealistic
VERBIAGE
language that is too worldly or inflated in proportion to the sense or content, wordiness; a manner of expression


synonyms: verbosity, prolixity, diction, jargon
VERDANT
green in tint or color; immature in experience or judgment


synonyms: artless, naíve
VISCOUS
having a gelatinous or gluely quality, lacking in easy movement or fluidity


synonyms: gummy, sticky, thick