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affable
(adj) courteous & pleasant, sociable, easy to speak to
s: genial, AMICABLE, agreeable, cordial
a: SURLY, cantankerous, dour, inhospitable
aggrandize
(v) TO INCREASE in greatness, power, or wealth; to build up or intensify; to make appear greater
s: augment, amplify, ENHANCE, exalt
a: reduce, decrease, DIMINISH
amorphous
(adj) SHAPELESS, without definite form; of no particular type or character; w/out organization, unity or cohesion
s: formless, unstructured, nebulous, inchoate
a: DEFINITE, WELL DEFINED, clear-cut
aura
(n) that which surrounds (as an atmosphere); a distinctive air or personal quality
s: AMBIENCE, atmosphere
contraband
(n) illegal traffic, smuggled goods (adj) ILLEGAL, prohibited
s: ilitic, bootleg, unlawful
a: LEGAL, lawfu, licit
erudite
(adj) SCHOLARLY, learned, bookish, pedantic
s: profoundly educated, well-read
a: ignorant, UNEDUCATED, illiterate
gossamer
(adj) thin, light, delicate, insubstantial (n) a very thin, light cloth
s: filmy, DIAPHANOUS, sheer, airy, feathery, GAUZY
a: thick, DENSE, solid, massive
infer
(v) to find out by reasoning; to arrive at a conclusion on the basis of thought; to hint suggest, imply SURMISE
s: gather, deduce, presume, guess, speculate
inscutable
(adj) incapable of being understood; impossible to see through physically
s: impentrable, INCOMPREHENSIBLE, enigmatic
a: COMPREHENSIBLE, intelligible, penetrable
insular
(adj) relating to, characteristic of, or situated on an island; narrow or isolated in outlook or experience
s: narrow-minded, PAROCHIAL, PROVINCIAL
a: CATHOLIC, cosmopolitan, liberal
irrevocable
(adj) incapable of being changed or called back
s: IRREVERSIBLE, UNRECALLABLE, unalterable
a: REVERSIBLE, changeable
propensity
(n) a natural inclination or predilection toward
s: natural bent, PROCLIVITY, penchant
a: natural incapacity, NATURAL INABILITY
querulous
(adj) peevish, complaining, fretful
s: PETULANT, touchy, cranky, irritable
a: UNCOMPLAINING, stoical, serene, placid
remonstrate
(v) to argue or plead w/ someone against something, protest against, object to
s: reason against, EXPOSTULATE
repudiate
(v) to disown, reject, or deny the validity of
s: DISAVOW, abjure, renounce
a: AVOW, affirm, aver, avouch
resilient
(adj) able to return to an original shape or form; able to recover quickly
s: spingy, ELASTIC, BUOYANT, bouncy
a: rigid, stiff, INFLEXIBLE, unyielding
reverberate
(v) TO RE-ECHO, resound; to reflect or be reflected repeatedly
s: rumble thunder, boom, echo
scurrilous
(adj) coarsely abusive, vulgar or low (especially in language) foul mouthed
s: OBSCENE, FILTHY, abusive, VITUPERATIVE
a: decorous, seemly, TASTEFUL, dignified
sedulous
(adj) persistent, showing industry and determination
s: ASSIDUOUS, TIRELESS, indefatigable
a: lackadasical, LISTLESS, indolent, OTIOSE
sleazy
(adj) thin or flimsy in texture; cheap, shoddy or inferior in quality or charater; ethically low, mean, or disreputable
s: INFERIOR, cheesy tawdry tatty
a: superior, first-rate, QUALITY, sturdy