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serrated
notched at the edge, grooved
sidle
to move sideways
sinuous
having many curves, winding
vortex
a whirling mass
bombastic
high-sounding, pretentous speaking/writing
circumloquution
a roudabout way of writing or speaking, using more words than necessary
garrulous
excessively talkative
grandiloquent
speaking or expressing in a lofty style, being bombastic
loquatious
talkative
periphrastic
roundabout, excessively wordy (circumloquatious)
prolix
long and wordy, tediously long

It was a cumbersome book, widely criticized for being prolix in style and maddeningly circular in argument.
rhetoric
(in writing or speech) the undue use of exaggeration or display; bombast.
turgid
bombastic
verbose
wordy
ameliorate
to make better/more satisfactory
appease
to bring to a state of peace
assuage
to make milder/less severe, to mitigate
defer
to yield respectfully in judgement or opinion
mitigate
to make less severe
mollify
to soften in feeling or temper, to calm
placate
to appease or pacify
propitiate
to make favorably inclined, appease
satiate
to satisfy, to supply in excess
slake
to allay by satisfying, to become less intense
sooth
soothing, soft
euphonious
pleasing in sound, agreeable to ear
harmonious
marked by agreement, pleasant consistency
sonorous
rich and full in sound
esurient
hungry, voracioius, greedy
impecunious
having little, penniless
indigent
needy, impoverished, lacking necessities because poor
acclaim
applaud
accolade
any award, honor, or laudatory role
aggrandize
to make something seem greater
encomium
a formal expression of praise
eulogize
to praise highly
extol
to praise highly
fawn
to seek favor by servile behavior
laud/laudatory
a song or hym of praise
venerate
to regard or treat with reverence
augur
to serve as an omen of
auspice
favorable signs or promising circumstances
fey
fated to die
harbinger
anything that forshadows a future event. a person sent in advance to herald something
portentous
momentous, ominously significant
presage
something that forshadows a future event
prescient
knowing things before they exist
prognosticate
to forcast or predict something future.
encumber
to weigh down, to impede or hinder
fetter
anything that confines or restrains
forfend
to fend off, avert, prevent
hinder
to prevent from doing something/acting
impede
to restrict in movement by obstacles, hinder
inhibit
to restrain, hinder, check
occlude
to stop op. to shut in.
astute
keen, sagacious, clever
canny
careful, prudent, astute, shrewd
erudite
characterized by great knowledge
perspicacioius
having keen mental perception and undrstanding. discerning
disconsolate
unable to be consoled
doleful
sorroful, melancholy
dolor
sorow, grief
elegiac
expressing sorror or lamentation
forlorn
desolate or dreary, unhappy
lament
to feel or express sorrow or regret for
lugubrioius
mournful in a way that seems feigned.
plaintive
expressing sorror or melancholy
threnody
a poem or song of lamentation, a funeral song
implacable
not to be appeased, inexorable
inexorable
unyielding, unaffectable
intractable
not easily controlled or directed, not docile
intransigent
refusing to agree or compromise
obdurate
unmoved by persuasion/pity/feelings, stuborn
obstinate
stubbornly adhering to one's own purpose
recalcitrant
resisting authority or control
refractory
hard or impossible to manage
renitent
resisting pressure
untoward
unfavorable or unfortunate, hard to guide or control
compendious
succinct
curt
rudely brief
laconic
using few words, brief and to the point
pithy
precicely meaningful, meaningful in few words
succinct
expressed in few words
taciturn
inclined to silence. reserved in speech
antecede
to go before
antedate
to be of older date than, preceed in time
anterior
situated before, going before in sequence
archaic
marked by characteristics of an earlier period
diurnal
daily
eon
an indefinately long period of time
epoch
a period of time marked by distinctive events
fortnight
2 wks (14 nights)
millenium
a thousand years
penultimate
next to last
synchronous
occuring at the same time
temporal
pertaining to the present time
craven
cowardly/timid
diffident
lacking self-confidence. shy, timid
pusillanimous
laacking courage or resolution, contemptibly fearful, cowardly
recreant
cowardly or craven
timorous
ful of fear, fearful
trepidation
tremulous fear
candor/candid
the state of being very frank and honest
fealty
fidelity
frankness
plainness of speach, candor
indisputable
that cannot be disputed or questioned
indubitable
cannot be doubted
probity
integrity and uprightnes, honesty
veracious
honest
verity
the truth
anomaly
deviation from the common rule
ambulatory
capable of wlaking
itinerant
traveling from place to place, esp for work
peripatetic
traveling about, itinerant
discursive
rambling, passing aimlessly from one subject to the next
expatiate
to be copious in description, to move or wander intellectually (to expatiate upon a theme)
forage
to wander in search of provision
peregrination
traveling from one place to another, esp on foot
sojourn
a temporal stay
adulterate
to weaken or make less pure by adding inferior elements
enervate
to weaken
exacerbate
to increase the severity of, to make more aggravated
inhibit
to restrain, to hinder
obviate
to anticipate and prevent by effective means, to render unnecessary
stultify
to render futile and ineffective
undermine
to injure insiduously
vitiate
to impaire quality or effectiveness
adage
a traditional saying or proverb
aphorism
a short saying that embodies a general truth
apothegm
a shorty, witty, instructional saying
axiom
a self-evident truth that requires no proof
bromide
a platitude or trite saying
dictum
a saying/notion
platitude
a dull or trite remark
sententious
abounding in pithy aphorisms or maxims: a sententious book
abeyance
emporary cessation or suspension
abjure
to renounce or give up under oath;
abnegation
to refuse or deny oneself, to give up
abrogate
To annul or abolish by an authoritative act.
decamp
to depart quickly, secretly, or unceremoniously
demur
to make objection, esp. on the grounds of scruples
recant
to withdraw or disavow (a statement, opinion, etc.), esp. formall
recidivism
A tendency to lapse into a previous condition or pattern of behavior; especially, a falling back or relapse into prior criminal habits
remission
abatement or diminution, as of diligence, labor, intensity, etc.
renege
to go back on one's word
rescind
to take back, annul; revoke; repeal.
retrograde
moving backward. reversed order