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affable
courteous and pleasant, sociable, easy to speak to

genial, amicable, agreeable, cordial

surly, cantankerous, dour, inhospitable
aggrandize
to increase in greatness, power or wealth; to build up or intensify; to make appear greater

augment, amplify, enhance, exalt

reduce, decrease, diminish
amorphous
shapeless, without definite form; of no particular type or character; with organization, unity, or cohesion

formless, unstructured, nebulous, inchoate

definite, well-defined, clear-cut
aura
that which surrounds (as an atmosphere); a distinctive air or personal quality

ambience, atmosphere
contraband
illegal traffic, smuggled goods, illegal, prohibited

illicit, bootleg, unlawful

legal, lawful licit
erudite
scholarly, learned, bookish, pedantic

profoundly educated, well-read

ignorant, uneducated, iliterate
gossamer
thin, light, delicate, insubstantial, a very thin, light cloth

filmy, diaphanous, sheer, airy, feathery, gauzy

thick, dense, solid, massive
infer
to find out by reasoning, to arrive at a conclusion on the basis of thought; to hint, suggest, imply

gather, deduce, presume, guess, speculate
inscrutable
incapable of being understood; impossible to see through physically

inpenetrable, incomprehensible, enigmatic

comprehensible, intelligible, penetrable
insular
relating to; characteristic of, or situated on an island; narrow or isolated in outlook or experience

narrow-minded, parochial, provincial

catholic, cosmopolitan, liberal
irrevocable
incapable of being changed or called back

irreversible, unrecallable, unalterable

reversible, changeable
propensity
a natural inclination or predilection toward

natural bent, proclivity, penchant

natural incapacity or inability
querulous
peevish, complaining, fretful

petulant, touchy, cranky, irritable

uncomplaining, stoical, serene, placid
remonstrate
to argue or plead with against something, protest against, object to

reason against, expostulate
repudiate
to disown, reject, or deny the validity of

disavow, abjure, renounce

avow, affirm, aver, avouch
resilient
able to return to an original shape or form; able to recover quickly

springy, elastic, buoyant, bouncy

rigid, stiff, inflexible, unyielding
reverberate
to re-echo, resound; to reflect or be reflected repeatedly

rumble, thunder, boom, echo
scurrilous
coarsely abusive, vulgar or low (especially in language), foul-mouthed

obscene, filthy, abusive, vituperative

decorous, seemly, tasteful, dignified
sedulous
persistent, showing industry and determination

assiduous, tireless, indefatigable

lackadaisical, listless, indolent, otiose
sleazy
thin or flimsy in texture; cheap; shoddy or inferiorin quality or character; ethically low, mean, disreputable

inferior, cheesy, tawdry, tatty

superior, first-rate, quality, sturdy