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coherent
(adj.) holding or sticking together; making a logical whole; comprehensible, meaningful.
s. connected, unified, consistent, cohesive
germane
(adj.) relevant, appropriate, apropos, fitting.
s. pertinent
taciturn
(adj.) habitually silent or quiet, inclined to talk very little
s. tight-lipped, uncommunicative, laconic
tenable
(adj.) capable of being held or defended
s. defensible, justifiable, maintainable
myopic
(adj.) nearsighted; lacking a broad, realistic view of the situation; lacking foresight or dicernment
s. shortsighted
pejorative
(adj.) tending to make worse; expressing diapproval or disparagement, derogatory, deprecatory, belittling
suppliant
(adj.) asking humbly and earnestly
(n.) one who makes a request humbly and earnestly, a petitioner, suitor
s. promptly, peremptorily, abruptly
utopian
(n.) language upon or involving a visonary view of an ideal world; impracticail.
s. idealistic
bastion
(n.) a fortified place, stronghold
s. citadel, rampart, bulwark, parapet
incarcerate
(v.) to imprison, confine, jail
s. intern, immure
incumbent
(adj.) obligatory, required
(n.) one who holds a specific office at the time spoken of
s. mandatory, necessary
recumbent
(adj.) in a reclining position, lying down, in the posture of one sleeping or resting
s. prone, prostrate, supine, inactive
acuity
(n.) sharpness (particaulary of the mind or senses)
s. keenness, acuteness
agnostic
(n.) one who believes that nothing can be known about God; a skeptic; (adj.) without fiath, skeptical
s. doubter
moot
(adj.) open to discussion and debate, unresolved; (v.) to bring up for discussion; (n.) a hypothetical law case argued by students
s. (adj) debatable, questionable; (v.) broach
travesty
(n.) a grotesque or glossy inferior imitation; a disguise, especially the clothing of the opposite sex; (v.) to ridicule by imitating in a broad or burlesque fasion
s. (n.) burlesque, parody, caricature, farce
ephemeral
(adj.) lasting only a short time, short-lived
s. fleeting, transient, evanescent, transitory
indigent
(adj.) needy, impoverished
portend
(v.) to indicated beforehand that something is about to happen; to give advance warning of
s. bode, foretell, foreshadow, suggest
acclamation
(n.) a shout of welcome; an overwhelming berbal vote of approval
s. ovation, cheering, plaudits
dilettante
(n.) a dabbler in the arts; one who engages in an activity in an amateurish, trifling way; (adj.) superficial
s. amateur, trifler
pedantry
(n.) a pretentious display of knowledge; overly rigid attention to rules and details
s. nit-picking, hairsplitting, pettifoggery
vacillate
(v.) to swing indecisively from one idea or course of action to another; to waver weakly in mind or will
s. seesaw, fluctuate, oscillate
attenuate
(v.) to make thin or sledner; to waken or lessen in force, intensity, or value
s. thin out, dilute, water down
cavil
(v.) to find fault in a petty way, carp; (n.) a trivial objection or criticism
s. (v.) nitpick, quibble
charlatan
(n.) one who feigns knowledge or ability; a pretender, impostor or quack
s. fraud, mountebank
obsequious
(adj.) marked by slavish attentiveness; excessibly submissive, often for purely self-interested reasons
obtuse
(adj.) blunt, no coming to a point; slow or dull in understanding; measuring between 90 and 180; not causing a sharp impression
s. stupid, dumb, thick, mild, cull-witted
abrogate
(v.) to repeal, cancel, declare null and void
s. annul, revoke
ambient
(adj.) completely surrounding, encompassing
delectable
(adj.) delightful, highly enjoyable; deliciously flavored, savory; (n.) an appealing or appetizing food or dish
s. (adj.) delicious, scrumptious
deprecate
(v.) to express mild disapporval; to belittle
eclectic
(adj.) drawn form different sources; (n.) one whose beliefs are drawn from various sources
s. (adj.) selective, synthetic, pick-and-choose
deprecate
(v.) to express mild disapporval; to belittle
s. deplore, frown upon
eclectic
(adj.) drawn from different sources; (n.) one whose beliefs are drawn from various sources
s. (adj.) selective, synthetic, pick-and-chose
onerous
(adj.) burdensome; involving hardship or difficuly
s. oppressive, weighty
rife
(adj.) common, prevalent, widespread, happening often; full, abounding; plentiful, abundant, repete
defunct
(adj.) no longer in existence or functioning, dead
s. extinct, nonexistent
gregarious
(adj.) living together in a herd or group;sociable, seeking the company of others
s. outgoing, extroverted
nadir
(n.) the lowest point
s. rock bottom
perfunctory
(adj.) done in a superficial or halfhearted manner; without interest or enthusiasm
s. slapdash, cursory, shallow
plaintive
(adj.) expressive of sorrow or woe, melancholy
s. sad, doleful, lugubrious
tantamount
(adj.) equivalent, having the same meaning, value, or effect
s. indistiguishable from
efficacy
(n.) the power to produce a desired result
s. effectiveness, potency, reliability
ethereal
(adj.) light, airy, elicate; highly refined; suggesting what is heavenly (rather than earthbound)
chicanery
(n.) rickery, deceptive practices or tactics, double-dealing
coup
(n.) a highly successful stroke, masterstroke, tour de force, act, plan, or stratagem; a sudden takeover of power or leadership
euphemism
(n.) a mild or inoffesnsive expression used in place of a harsh or unpleasan one; a substiute
loath
(adj.) unwilling, reluctant, disinclined
s. averse indisposed
moratorium
(n.) a suspension of activity; an official waiting period; an authorized period of delay
s. postponement, stoppage