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ingenuous
naive; trusting;
the ingenuous little red riding hood went with the big bad wolf
insensible
unconscious; unresponsive
insensible to the risks of infection
insipid
lacking flavor; dull
flat coca cola is insipid
insularity
narrow-mindedness; isolation
the insulatity of the AMISH
intractable
unruly; stubborn; unyielding
intractable pain
intransigence
refusal of compromise
intransigence from the striking workers
inured
acccustomed; hardened
i was inured to the Alaskan cold
invective
abuse
he let out a stream of invective
irresolute
uncertain how to act; weak
a leader should never appear irresolute
irascible
irritated; easily angered
her irascible temper intimidated the children
laconic
brief and to the point
his laconic reply suggested a lack of interest
levee
earthen or stone embankment
the sandbags created a levee
levity
lack of seriousness
a note of levity/lightness
lassitude
weariness
she was overcome by lassitude
laud
praise
latent
dormant; potential but underdeveloped
the latent monster
magnanimity
generosity
the philanthropist was known for his magnanimity
malingerer
someone who fakes illness to escape duty
PUNISH ALL MALINGERERS
obdurate
stubborn
he was obdurate in his refusal to listen to our complaints
obsequious
slavishly attentive
an obsequious waiter
occlude
shut; close
a blood clot occluded an artery
obviate
make unnecessary; get rid of
i hope this contribution will obviate any more need for funds
officious
meddlesome; excessively pushy in offering services
the officious bellboy
onerous
burdensome
her work load was too onerous
opprobrium
infamy; villification
the slander and opprobrium hurnled against him
paragon
model of perfection
a paragon of virtue
paucity
scarcity
the paucity of customers at the restaurant
perfunctory
superficial; lacking interest, care
the auditor's perfunctory inspection of the books
perfidious
treacherous, disloyal
Brutus was a perfidious friend
penury
severe penalty; stunginess; poverty
a state of virtual penury
phlegmatic
calm; not easily disturbed
kelly's mom is phlegmatic
platitude
trite/commonplace remark
she was uttering verbal plattitudes
propriety
fitness; correct conduct
properness
proscribe
banish; outlaw
gambling was proscribed in that province
qualified
limited; restricted
he was given a qualified endorsement
rarefied
made less dense
the rarefied atmosphere/air
recalcitrant
obstinately stubborn; determined to resist authority
her recalcitrant step-children
recondite
profound; secret; little known
the book is full of recondite information
refractory
stubborn; unmanageable
the refractory pony didn't want to be ridden
reproach
express disapproval
her face showed reproach at his actions
reprobate
person hardened in sin; devoid of a sense of decency
a hardened reprobate
repudiate
disown; disavow
repudiate all debts
salubrious
healthful
salubrious sections of the hospital
solicitous
worried; concerned
he was solicitous about the health of his son