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fastidious
giving careful attention to detail; hard to please; excessively concerned with cleanliness

"a ~ and incisive intellect"; "~ about personal cleanliness"
indelible
cannot be removed, washed away or erased;

"an ~ stain"
headlong
hasty; w/ headfirst

"a ~ rush to sell"
"he fell ~ in love with his cousin"
platitude
a trite or obvious remark
trite
banal: repeated too often

"his remarks were ~ and commonplace"
portentous
fateful: ominously prophetic
provident
providing carefully for the future

"a ~ father plans for his children's education"
furtive
marked by quiet, caution, and secrecy

"a ~ manner"
derisive
abusing vocally

"~ laughter"
unscrupulous
w/o principles

"~ politicos who would be happy to sell...their country in order to gain power"
pliant
elastic; bendable

"a ~ young tree"
"~ molten glass"
cogitate
consider carefully and deeply
tepid
lukewarm: moderately warm

"~ bath water"
lackluster
lacking luster or shine

"a dull ~ life"
"staring with ~ eyes"
catatonic
characterized by catatonia especially either rigidity or extreme laxness of limbs
mitigate
make less severe or harsh

"~ circumstances"
benediction
blessing: the act of praying for divine protection

root = good
perdition
Hell
sinister
baleful: threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragedy;

OR the left side

"a ~ smile"
"~ storm clouds"
anamoly
deviation from the norm
assuage
pacify; relieve
enigma
mystery; something baffling
equivocal
open to two or more interpretations; misleading
erudite
showing knowledge
fervid
ardent: characterized by intense emotion
lucid
very clear; easily understandable
opaque
not clear
precipitate
bring about abruptly;

"The crisis ~d by Russia's revolution"
prodigal
extravagant: recklessly wasteful

"~ in their expenditures"
zeal
passionate support (of something)

"he felt a kind of religious ~"
abstain
to refrain from
adulterate
mix with impurities
corrupt

"~ liquor"
audacious
having no fear or intimidation
unconstrained

"~ explorers"
"an ~ trick to pull"
capricious
changeable
impulsive and unpredictable

"a ~ summer breeze"
"authoritarian rulers are frequently ~"
corroborate
to strengthen with other evidence, to make more certain
desiccate
dehydrate: remove water from
lifeless

"a ~ romance"
a prissy and emotionless creature...settles into a mold of ~d snobbery" -C.J.Rolo
engender
call forth
beget: make children
ephemeral
lasting a very short time

"the ~ joys of childhood"
laconic
brief and to the point

"the ~ reply; `yes'"
loquacious
chatty: full of trivial conversation
propriety
correct or appropriate behavior
vacillate
hover: be undecided
fluctuate

"the line on the monitor ~d"
volatile
easily evaporating
unstable
antipathy
intense dislike
deride
treat or speak of with contempt

"He ~d his student's attempt to solve the biggest problem in mathematics"
dissonance
disagreement
disagreeable noise
enervate
# weaken mentally or morally
# faze: disturb the composure of
garrulous
# chatty: full of trivial conversation
# syn: loquacious
ingenuous
# not devious
# innocent

"an ~ admission of responsibility"
"his ~ explanation that he would not have burned the church if he had not thought the bishop was in it"
lethargic
deficient in alertness or activity

"bullfrogs became ~ with the first cold nights"
misanthrope
someone who dislikes people in general
obdurate
# cussed: stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing
# flinty: showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings;

"the child's misery would move even the most ~ heart"
philanthropic
beneficent: generous in assistance to the poor

"~ contributions"
prevaricate
beat around the bush: be deliberately ambiguous
venerate
reverence: regard with feelings of respect

"We ~ genius"
syllogism
deductive reasoning in which a conclusion is derived from two premises
ebullient
joyously unrestrained
frivolous
not serious in content or attitude or behavior;

"a ~ novel"
"a ~ remark"
"a ~ young woman"
assail
attack someone physically or emotionally

"Nightmares ~ed him regularly"