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brevity
briefness or conciseness in speech or writting
concise
using few words in speaking and writting
laconic
using few words in speech
pithy
brief and full of meaning and substance; concise
quiescent
quiet; still; inactive
reticent
not talking much; reserved
succinct
clearly and briefly stated;concise
taciturn
silent; sparing of words; close-mouthed
terse
using only the words that are needed to make the point; very concise sometimes to the point of rudeness
bombastic
using language in a pompous, showing way; speaking to impress others
circumlocution
speaking in circles; roundabout speech
colloquial
pertaining to common everyday speech; conversational
diffuse
spread out, not concise; wordy
digress
to wander of from the subject or topic spoken about
eloquence
artful ease with speaking; speech that can impact people's feelings
garrulous
talkative, loquacious
grandiloquent
using big and fancy words when speaking for the purpose of impressing others.
loquacious
very talkative; liking to talk; garrulous
prattle
to speak on and on in a senseless and silly manner
ramble
to talk on and on pointlessly, without clear direction
rant
to talk very loudly, even wildly
rhetorical
relating to speech that is used to persuade or have some effect; insincere in expression
verbose
using too many words; wordy; long-winded
voluble
talking a great deal with ease; glib
arrogant
overbearing; proud; haughty
braggart
one who boasts a great deal
complacent
self-satisfied; smug
contemptuous
lacking respect; scornful
disdainful
full of bitter scorn and pride; aloof
egotistical
excessively self-absorbed; very conceited
haughty
having great pride in oneself and dislike for others
insolent
boldly disrespectful in speech or behavior; rude
narcissistic
having to do with extreme self-adoration and a feeling of superiority to everyone
ostentatious
having to do with showing off; pretentious
presumptuous
too forward or bold; overstepping proper bounds
pretentious
claiming or pretending increased importance; ostentatious; affectedly grand
supercilious
looking down on everyone; proud and scornful
swagger
to walk around in a proud, showy manner; to boast in a loud manner
banal
dull or stale because of overuse;trite; hackneyed
cliche`
an idea or expression that has become stale due to overuse
derivative
unoriginal;taken from something already existing
hackneyed
made commonplace by overuse; trite
insipid
lacking flavor or taste; unexciting
lackluster
lacking vitality, energy, or brightness; boring
mundane
commonplace; ordinary
platitude
quality of being dull; and obvious remark uttered as if it were original
prosaic
dull; commonplace
trite
unoriginal and stale due to overuse
vapid
lacking freshness and zest; flat; stale
allay
to lessen fear; to calm to relieve pain
alleviate
to lessen pain or tension
ameliorate
to make better; to lessen pain, difficulty, or tension
appease
to make tranquil or quiet, especially by giving into demands; to pacify
assuage
to alleviate; to lessen pain or conflict; pacify
conciliate
to win a person over through special considerations or persuasive methods
mediate
to act as a go-between in settling conflicts or disputes b/w people
mitigate
to make or become less severe; to lessen pain or damage
mollify
to pacify, soothe, or appease; to make less severe or violent
pacify
to calm;to make peaceful; to restore to a tranquil state
placate
to make calm; to soothe
quell
to pacify; to subdue; to quiet down