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clarity
clearness in thought or expression
cogent
convincing; reasonable
cohesive
condition of sticking together
compelling
forceful; urgently demanding attention
convoluted
intricate; complex
didactic
intended to instruct
dogmatic
characterized by a stubborn adherence to a belief
effusive
describing unrestrained emotional epression; pouring freely
emphatic
expressed or expressing with emphasis
florid
very flower in style
fluid
easily flowing
hackneyed
overfamilar with overuse; trite
rapport
a relationship of mutual trust or affinity
adage
a wise old saying
poignant
profuoundly moving; touching
abstruse
hard to understand; recondite
arduous
difficult; strenuous; laborious
futile
serving no useful purpose
heinous
hatefully evil; abominable
impede
to slow the progress of; to interfere with
impenetrable
incapable of being penetrated; inaccessible
dilatory
tending to cause delay
enervate
to weaken the strength or vitality of
indolent
lazy
listless
lacking energy
sedentary
not migratory;p involving much sitting; settled
soporific
causing sleep or sleepiness
stupor
a state of reduced or suspended sensibility
torpor
laziness inactivity; dullness
paucity
an extreme lack of
ebullience
lively or enthusiastic
farce
a ridiculous or empty show
frenetic
frenzied or crazed
garrulous
talkative
gratuitous
give freely; unearned; unwarranted
insipid
uninteresting; unchallenging
ponderous
of great weight; dull
sonorous
having or producing sound; imposing or impressive
squalor
a filthy conditon or quality
superfluous
extra; unnecessary
specious
having the ring of truth or plausibility but acutally being false
slander
false charges and malicious oral statements or reports about someone
ruse
a crafty trick
egregious
conspicuously bad or offensive
facetious
playfully humorous
pander
to cater to the tastes and desires of others or exploit their weaknesses
propriety
appropriateness of behavior
wry
dryly humorous, often with a touch of irony
lampoon (n.)
a broad satirical piece
lampoon (v.)
to broadly satire
parody
an artistic work that imitates the style of another work for comic effect
abdicate
to formally give up power
annihilate
to destroy completely
benevolent
kind; generous
despotic
characterized by exercising absolute power
dictatorial
domineering; oppressively overbearing
haughty
condescendingly proud
imperious
marked by arrogant assurance
omnipotent
all-powerful
patronizing
treating in a condescending manner
usurp
to takepower by force
adamant
unyeilding or inflexible
assidious
hardworking
conscientious
careful and principled
diligent
marked by painstaking effort; hardworking
dogged
stubbornly persevering
exemplary
commendable; deserving imitation
fastidious
possessing careful attention to detail
intrepid
courageous; fearful
meticulous
extremely careful and precise
dostinate
stubbornly adhering to an opinion or a course of action
tenacity
persistant adherance to a belief or point of view
milk
to draw or extract profit or advantage from
zealous
passionate; extremely interested in pursuing something
punetilious
strictly attentive to minute details; picky
alleviate
to ease a pain or a burden; to make more bearable
asylum
a place of retreat or security
auspicious
attended by favorable circumstances
benign
kind and gentle
emollient
softening and soothing
mitigate
to make less severe or painful
mollify
to calm or soothe
sanction
to give official authorization or approval to
substantiated
supported with proof or evidence; verified
exculpate
to free from g
debunk
to expose the falseness of
deleterious
harmful
disingenuous
not straightforward; crafty
disparate
fundamentally distinct or different
fabricated
made up; concocted in order to deceive
recalcitrant
defiant of authority; stubborn; not easily managed
spurious
not genuine; false
capricious
impulsive and unpredictable
disdain
feelings of contempt for others; to look down on others
glower
to look or stare angrily or sullenly
pejorative
describing words or phrases that belittle or speak negatively of someone
plagiarism
the act of passing off as one's own the ideas or writings of another
trite
unoriginal; overused; stale; hackneyed
vacuous
devoid of matter;empty
vilify
to lower in estimation or importance; to slander
disparage
to speak of in a slighting way or negatively; to belittle
aberration
a deviation from the way things normally happen or are done
dubious
doubtful; of doubtful outcome
ostentatious
describing a showy or pretentious display
quandary
a state of uncertainty or perplexity
stymied
thwarted; stumped; blocked
wily
cunning
aesthetic
having to do with beauty
decorous
proper; marked by good taste
embellish
to make beautiful by ornamenting; to add details to in order to make more attractive
idyllic
simple and carefree
medley
an assortment or a mixture, especially of musical pieces
mural
a big painting applied directly to a wall
opulent
exhibiting a display of great wealth
ornate
elaborately ornamented
pristine
not spoiled; pure
serene
calm
lucid
clear to the understanding; sane
affable
easygoing; friendly
amenable
responsive; agreeable
amiable
good natured
camaraderie
goodwill between friends
cordial
warm and sincere; friendly
gregarious
enjoying the company of others; sociable, outgoing
salutary
promoting good health
sanguine
cheerfully confident; optimistic
innocuous
having no bad effect; harmless