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Adulation
extreme admiration or flattery
-idolatry, veneration
Astute
wise, perceptive, and shrewd to an acute degree
-shrewd, discerning, cagey, canny
Auspicious
promising good, favorable in outlook, boding success
-favorable, promising, propitious
Congenial
a) sharing like tastes
- consonant, kindred
b) pleasant, harmoniously agreeable
-genial, sociable
felicitous
aptly expressed, fitting or well placed (of remarks)
- apt, fit, appropriate, delightful, pleasant
homage
respectful deference as tribute to someone or something deemed worthy; any act of respectful admiration
- honor
Impeccable
without fault or blame; free from error or sin
-flawless, faultless
Indomitable
incapable of being overcome
-unconquearble, dauntless
Placid
of a peaceful nature
-calm, unruffled, serene, quiet
Sanguine
positive and confident in outlook; cheerful
-confident, optimistic
Furtive
a)Stealthy or sly in manner, hoping to not be discovered
-secret, stealthy, surreptitious
b) stolen
-stolen
Heinous
outrageously evil or appalling, shocking in the extreme
-outrageous, abominable, odious, villainous
Inimical
a) distinctly unfriendly and uncongenial
-hostile
b)adverse or cotrary to, as an enemy
-adverse
Lurid
arousing horror or undue sensation by being gruesome or revolting formerly, exceedingly pale in appearance
-gruesome, sensational
Macabre
dwelling on death; gruesome or extremely horrible in aspect
ex: The logical predessor of Stephen King was Edgar Allen Poe, who penned macabre short stories.
Morbid
a) preoccupied with unwholesome, gloomy, or macabre feelings
-grisly or gruesome
b)referring to or typical of disease; causing disease
-diseased
Nefarious
noticeably evil, wicked, or impious
- vicious, wicked, evil, sinful
Sordid
base, gross, or vile, mean and dishonorable in intent
-mean
Vendetta
a lengthy blood feud, typically marked by revenge
-blood feud
Aficionado
fan, anyone keenly devoted to something
-devotee
Quixotic
idealistic, lacking practicality; noble or lofty in motives, yet unrealistic
Imbroglio
a complex. often bitter argument or dispute; a complicated situation or entanglement
-embroilment
Aphorism
a pithy saying that expressed an acknowledged truth or shared feeling
-adage, saying
ex: The pen is mightier than the sword
Construe
a) to interpret or understand the intention of, as "he construed my attitude as favorable"
-interpret, understand, infer
b) to analyze the construction of a sentence, especially when translating
Dissent
to hold a different opinion
-differ, disagree; disagreement, difference
Glib
a) easily fluent in speech or writing
-slick, superficial
b)revealing a lack of serious thought
example: a glib reply to my important question
Innuendo
an indirect hint or unpleasant insinuation about someone's reputation or character; a veiled, unflattering comment
-insinuation
Reticent
reserved in speech, tending to be silent; restrained in appearance or manner
-silent, reserved, taciturn, uncommunicative, close-mouthed
Rhetoric
a)insincere or high-flown writing or speech
-grandiloquence, bombast
b) originally the study of effective communication or written composition
terse
brief(of speech or writing)
-concise, succinct, pithy
Vociferous
loudly and clamorously insistent
-clamorous, strident
Condescend
to bend or stoop to a less formal or exalted level; to put on a superior air
-stoop, unbend
Divulge
to reveal something held in confidence or secret
-reveal
Expurgate
to clean or purge of something objectionable, wrong, or harmful
-purge
Extricate
to free from an entanglement or awkward situation
-disentangle, untangle, disencumber
Instigate
to egg on or urge forward
-incite, provoke, goad
remonstrate
to raise objections or protest; to plead pro or con
-object, expostulate
Suffice
to be enough or sufficient for a need
Supplant
to take the place of or replace because of superiority or by force or treachery; to erase and offer a substitue for
-replace
Vindicate
a) to confirm or justify
-justify, substantiate, confirm
b) to free from blame
-absolve, exonerate, exculpate, acquit
c) to avenge
-avenge
Extenuating
tending to lessen the seriousness of by offering excuses or reasons
Germane
both fitting and appropriate
-relevant, material
Inscrutable
difficult to grasp, understand, or interpret
-mysterious, enigmatic
Intransigent
unwilling to compromise or alter an opinion or custom, even though it may be extreme
-uncompromising
Palpable
noticeably or readily perceived; able to be touched or felt; tangible
-perceptive
Prodigious
impressively large, enormous; calling forth wonder or amazement
-awesome
Remiss
showing lack of attention or care
-negligent, careless
Unctuous
a) showing a false warmth or sincerity in an oily-smooth way
b) being self-consciously virtuous, earnest, or spiritual
vehement
full of emotion, feeling, passion, intense; expressed with force or animosity
-impassioned, fervid, fervent
Dilettante
someone who dabblies in the arts( or another field of knowledge) and has a little information but lacks serious commitment
-amateur, dabbler, tyro