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(adj.) able to get and retain ideas or information; concerned with acquiring wealth or property


Syn: greedy, grasping, avaricious, retentive

Ant: altruistic, unretentive
acquisitive
(v) to claim or take without right


Syn: expropriate, usurp, commandeer

Ant.: relinquish, renounce, abdicate, abandon
arrogate
(adj) hackneyed, trite, commonplace


Syn: stale, insipid
Ant: fresh, novel, original, new
banal
(v) to work on excessively; to trash soundly


Syn: overwork
belabor
(adj) tending to find fault, especially in a petty, nasty, or hairsplitting way:
(n) petty, nagging criticism


Syn: (adj) nit-picking, caviling

Ant: (adj) approving, uncritical
carping
(adj.) holding or sticking together; making a logical whole; comprehensible, meaningful


Syn: connected, unified, consistent, cohesive

Ant: muddled, chaotic, disjointed
coherent
(v) to change from liquid to solid, thicken; to make inflexible or rigid


Syn: harden, jell, coagulate, solidify

Ant: melt, liquefy
congeal
(v) to imitate with the intent of equaling or surpassing the model


Syn: copy, mimic, rival, match, measure up to
emulate
(n) a formal expression of praise, a lavish tribute


Syn: panegyric, eulogy, commendation

Ant: condemnation, castigation, critcism
encomium
(v) to avoid, shun, keep away from


Syn: abstain from, steer clear of, forgo

Ant: embrace, adopt
eschew
(adj)relevant, appropriate, apropos, fitting


Syn: pertinent

Ant: irrelevant, extraneous, inappropriate
germane
(adj) so great or demanding as not to be satisfied


Syn: unquenchable, ravenous, voracious
insatiable
(adj) refusing to compromise, irreconcilable


Syn: uncompromising, unyielding, obdurate

Ant: lukewarm, halfhearted, yielding
intransigent
(adj) offensive, hateful; tending to cause bitterness and resentment


Syn: malicious, spiteful, prejudicial, pejorative

Ant: complimentary, flattering, ameliorative
invidious
(n) generosity in giving; lavish or bountiful contributions


Syn: liberality, munificence, bounty

Ant: stinginess, miserliness, niggardliness
largesse
(n) a survey made for military purposes; any kind of preliminary inspection or examination


Syn: scouting, expedition
reconnaissance
(v) to establish by evidence, prove; to give concrete or substantial form to


Syn: verify, confirm, validate, autheticate

Ant: refute, disprove, invalidate
substantiate
(adj) habitually silent or quiet, inclined to talk very little


Syn: tight-lipped, uncommunicative, laconic

Ant: garrulous, loquacious, prolix, verbose
taciturn
(v) to stall or act evasively in order to gain time, avoid a confrontation, or postpone a decision; to compromise


Syn: hedge, dillydally, procrastinate
temporize
(adj) capable of being held or defended


Syn: defensible, justifiable, maintainable

Ant: indefensible, unjustifiable
tenable