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Circumlocution
the use of roundabout expressions or wordy and indirect language
euphemism
the act of substituting an inoffensive term for one that is considered offensive, unpleasant, or too direct
reconteur
a person who tells stories and anecdotes with skill and wit
reiterate
to say over again; repeat
verbose
using or containing an excessive number of words
ascribe
to regard as caused by; to assign or attribute
inscribe
to write, carve, or engrave words or letters on a surface; to write a brief message in a book when giving as a gift
nondescript
lacking in distinctive or interesting qualities and therefore difficult to describe
prescribe
to order or recommend the use of a remedy or treatment
proscribe
to prohibit; to forbit as harmful or unlawful
aficionado
a fan; an enthusiastic admirer
bravado
false bravery; swaggering courage
junta
a group of rulers, particularly one seizing power after the overthrow of a government
peccadillo
a small fault or transgression
renegade
a traitor or outlaw; a rebel
dauntless
not able to be discouraged; bold
ferocity
savagery; fierceness; barbarity
flout
to show scorn of contempt for
temerity
foolish disregard of danger
vehement
showing intense emotion; forceful
arbitrary
based on whim rather than reason
contrive
to plan cleverly; plot of scheme
deliberation
Careful thought in actions fo decisions
fortuitous
Occurring unexpectedly; lucky
unwitting
Not knowing; unaware
affectation
Arificial behavior; pretense
efficacy
The power to produce a desired effect
faction
a small group within a larger group
officious
very forward in offering advice
prolific
causing aboundant growth