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Countenance
1) Support or Approval
2) Expression of the face
Evince
To show or demonstrate convincingly
regale
to delight or entertain. give pleasure to. entertain lavishly.
aggrandized
to increase the scope of: extend to make greater in power, influence, or reputation
obviated
to prevent or counteract by anticipating
belied
to misrepresent. to show to be false
diffident
hesitant to assert oneself from a lack of assertion: TIMID
mendacious
lying, untruthful, false
truculent
savagly cruel: fierce. inclined to fight.
reductive
reducing
cogent
appealing strongly to the intellect or reasoning powers: convincing
consonant
being in agreement or accord
wallowed
to indulge oneself excessively. to be abundantly supplied with something.
adulation
excessive or slavish admiration or flattery
aesthetic
relating to, or dealing with aesthetics or the beautiful.
ameliorate
to make better or more tolerable
ascetic
practicing strict self-denial as a measure of personal and especially spiritual discipline
avarice
excessive or insatiable desire for wealth or gain : GREEDINESS
axiom
1: a statement accepted as true as the basis for argument or inference : POSTULATE 1
2 : an established rule or principle or a self-evident truth
burgeon
to grow and expand rapidly : FLOURISH
bucolic
relating to or typical of rural life
cacophony
harsh or discordant sound : harshness in the sound of words or phrases
canon
a regulation or dogma decreed by a church council. 4 a : an accepted principle or rule b : a criterion or standard of judgment c : a body of principles, rules, standards, or norms
castigation
to subject to severe punishment, reproof, or criticism
chary
2 : discreetly cautious: as a : hesitant and vigilant about dangers and risks b : slow to grant, accept, or expend
cogent
appealing forcibly to the mind or reason : CONVINCING
complaisance
disposition to please or comply : AFFABILITY
AFFABILITY
1 : being pleasant and at ease in talking to others *an affable host*
2 : characterized by ease and friendliness *an affable manner*
contrite
feeling or showing sorrow and remorse for a sin or shortcoming
dearth
an inadequate supply : scarcity
demur
to take exception : OBJECT. to question or oppose
didactic
1 a : designed or intended to teach b : intended to convey instruction and information
dogmatic
characterized by or given to the expression of opinions very strongly or positively as if they were facts (because they are unproved or improvable)
ebullience
the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts or feelings : EXUBERANCE
eclectic
composed of elements drawn from various sources
elegy
a song or poem expressing sorrow or lamentation especially for one who is dead b : something (as a speech) resembling such a song or poem
emollient
making soft or supple; also : soothing especially to the skin.
2 : making less intense or harsh
empirical
1 : originating in or based on observation or experience *empirical data*
2 : relying on experience or observation alone often without due regard for system and theory *an empirical basis for the theory*
3 : capable of being verified or disproved by observation or experiment *empirical laws*
enigmatic
2 : something hard to understand or explain
3 : an inscrutable or mysterious person
ephemeral
lasting a very short time, brief, fleeting
esoteric
requiring or exhibiting knowledge that is restricted to a small group. limited to a small circle
facetious
1 : joking or jesting often inappropriately.
2 : meant to be humorous or funny : not serious
fallacy
a false or mistaken idea. an invalid or incorrection notion. a mistaken belief.
furtive
done by stealth. covert
surreptitious
1 : done, made, or acquired by stealth : CLANDESTINE
2 : acting or doing something clandestinely : STEALTHY
gregarious
marked by or indicating a liking for companionship : SOCIABLE. of or relating to a social group
harangue
a ranting speech or writing. tirade. long, pompous speech.
heretical
characterized by departure from accepted beliefs or standards : UNORTHODOX
hyperbole
extravagant exaggeration. exaggerated statement, often used as a figure of speech
impecunious
having very little or no money usually habitually : PENNILESS
incipient
beginning to come into being or to become apparent
inert
unmoving, lethargic, sluggish
innocuous
not likely to give offense or to arouse strong feelings or hostility : INOFFENSIVE, INSIPID. harmless, causing no damage
intransigent
characterized by refusal to compromise or to abandon an extreme position or attitude : UNCOMPROMISING
inveigle
to acquire by ingenuity or flattery : WANGLE
wangle
1 : to adjust or manipulate for personal or fraudulent ends
2 : to make or get by devious means : FINAGLE
morose
1 : having a sullen and gloomy disposition
2 : marked by or expressive of gloom. melancholy
odious
arousing or deserving hatred or repugnance : HATEFUL. invoking intense aversion or dislike.
opaque
blocking the passage of radiant energy and especially light
2 hard to understand or explain
penurious
given to or marked by extreme stinting frugality
pernicious
highly injurious or destructive : DEADLY
preen
to dress up; to primp; to groom oneself with elaborate care
prodigious
extraordinary in bulk, quantity, or degree : ENORMOUS
prolific
causing abundant growth, generation, or reproduction
. marked by abundant inventiveness or productivity
putrefy
putrid. to rot, decay and give off a foul odor
quaff
to drink deeply
quiescence
marked by inactivity or repose : tranquilly at rest. motionless
redoubtable
worthy of respect, honor. awe-inspiring.
supplant
to take the place of. to supersede (another) especially by force or treachery
torpid
having lost motion or the power of exertion or feeling : DORMANT, NUMB b : sluggish in functioning or acting
ubiquitous
existing or being everywhere at the same time : constantly encountered : WIDESPREAD
urbane
notably polite or polished in manner. sophisticated, refined, elegant
vilify
to utter slanderous and abusive statements against : DEFAME