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acquisitive
able to retain info.
able to get and retain ideas or information; concerned with aquiring wealth or property
arrogate
to claim or take without right
banal
hackneyed, trite, commonplace
belabor
overwork
to work on excessively; to thrash soundly
carping
finding fault- a nagging
tending to find fault, in a petty, nasty, or hairsplitting way; petty, nagging criticism
coherent
comprehensable
, meaningful; holding or sticking together
congeal
liquid to solid, harden thicken, make inflexible or rigid
emulate
copy
imitate with intent to equal or surpass model
encomium
a formal expression of praise, a lavish tribute
eschew
shun
avoid, shun, keep away from
germane
relevant
appropriate, fitting
insatiable
unable to be satisfied
so great or demanding as not to be satisfied
intransigent
refusing to compromise, irreconcilable
invidious
offensive, hateful, tending to cause bitterness and resentment
largess
contribution
generosity in giving; lavish or bountiful contributions
reconnaissance
survey made for military purposes, preliminary inspection or examination
substantiaate
prove, establish by evidence, give concrete form to
taciturn
silent
habitually silent or quiet
temporize
stall; avoid confrontation;postpone decision; compromise
tenable
capable of being held or defended
accost
to talk to first; confront in aggressive way
animadversion
a comment showing disapproval or criticism
avid
intensely eager
desirous to the point of greed
brackish
salty, unpleasant to drink
celerity
swiftness
devious
straying from path
shifty
gambit
opening move
halcyon
bird identified with kingfisher
histrionic
theatrical, melodramatic
incendiary
setting fires, stir up strife or rebellion
maelstrom
whirlpool
myopic
nearsighted, lacking broad realistic view of a situation, lacking foresight or discernment
overt
opp. of covert- open.
open, not hidden, expressed or revealed in a way that is easily recognized
pejorative
tending to make worse, expressing disapproval or disparagement, derogatory, belittling
propriety
state of being proper, appropriateness
sacrilege
improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred
summarily
brief, without delay or formality, breifly, concisely
suppliant
humble petitioner, suitor; asking humbly and earnestly
talisman
charm, amulet, fetish
undulate
move like a wave
move in waves or with wavelike motion; to have a wavelike appearance or form.