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gainsay
contradict; from O.E. gegn- "against" + say
halcyon
serene
histrionic
overly dramatic
hyperbole
exaggeration
impecunious
indigent; "lacking in money," 1596, from in- "not" + L. pecuniosus "rich," from pecunia "money, property."
imperturbable
calm
impetuous
impulsive
impolitic
unwise
incipient
beginning
ineffable
inexpressable; 1.incapable of being expressed or described in words; inexpressible: ineffable joy.
2.not to be spoken because of its sacredness; unutterable: the ineffable name of the deity.
inimical
adverse, hostile; 1.adverse in tendency or effect; unfavorable; harmful: a climate inimical to health.
2.unfriendly; hostile: a cold, inimical gaze.
insidious
treacherous; 1. intended to entrap or beguile: an insidious plan. 2.stealthily treacherous or deceitful: an insidious enemy.
internecine
mutually destructive
intractable
unmanageable
inure
accustom, habituate, harden
invective
verbal insult
inveigle
lure; To obtain by cajolery: inveigled a free pass to museum; rhymes w/ finagle
irresolute
hesitant, uncertain
laconic
brief, terse; a Laconian, a person from Lacedaemon," the name for the region of Greece of which Sparta was the capital. The Spartans, noted for being warlike and disciplined, were also known for the brevity of their speech
lassitude
lethargy; LACK of interest
laudatory
commendable
lucid
clearly understood
Machiavellian
politically crafty, cunning
malinger
shirk; feign illness to avoid work; He says he's ill, but I think he's just malingering.
misanthrope
hater of mankind
nadir
lowest point
nascent
incipient; beginning to exist or develop: the nascent republic.
neologism
newly coined expression
obtuse
stupid
obviate
make unnecessary; We must obviate the risk of serious injury.
odious
despicable; disgusting "Snakes are odious animals"
officious
forward, obtrusive; Marked by excessive eagerness in offering unwanted services or advice to others: an officious host; officious attention.
opprobrium
disgrace; uh-proh'-bree-uh; noun
1. state of disgrace resulting from public abuse
2. a state of extreme dishonor; "a date which will live in infamy"- F.D.Roosevelt; "the name was a by-word of scorn and opprobrium throughout the city" [syn: infamy]