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Dilatory
Causing or characterized bydelay; tardy; slow.
The reporter was so dilatory in completing his assignment that he missed the deadline.
Discordant
Inharmonious; conflicting.
She tried to unite the discordant factions.
Discursive
Passing from one subject to another.
The old man's conversation was so discursive that we could not follow it.
Disinclination
Unwillingness
Some mornings I feel a great disinclination to get out of bed.
Dissonance
Discord; disagreement.
Some contemporary musicians deliberately use dissonance to achieve certain effects.
Dissuade
Differing; deviating.
The two witnesses presented the jury with remarkable divergent accounts of the same episode.
Duplicity
Double dealing;guile.
People were shocked and dismayed when they learned of his duplicity in this affair, as he had always seemed honest and straightforward.
Ebullient
Happilyexcited; exuberant; bubbling or boiling up.
Her ebullient spirits told us that she had won.
enervate
weaken
She was slow to recover from her illness; even a short walk to the window left her enervated.
Engender
to cause to exist or to develop : PRODUCE
Equivocal
Having a double meaning; ambiguous; uncertain.
He gave an equivocal reply to the question toavoid answering directly.
Eradicate
To completely erase; to wipeout.
The mistake was easily eradicated on the word processor.
Exonerate
Acquit; free fromguilt or responsibility.
I am sure this letter naming the actual culprit will exonerate you.
Exorbitant
Beyond reasonable limits; excessive.
That is an exorbitant price to ask for that job.
Expedient
Suitable;practical; politic.
A pragmatic politician, he was guided by what was expedient rather than by what was ethical.
Extricate
Free; disentangle.
He found that he could not extricate himself from the trap.
Fanaticism
Excessive emotionfor an issue or cause.
The leader of the group was held responsible even though he could not control the fanaticism of his followers.
Fastidious
Difficult to please;squeamish.
The waitress disliked serving him dinner because of hisvery fastidious taste.
Fiasco
Complete or ridiculous failure.
The meeting turned out to be a fiasco; no onecould agree on anything.
Fortuitous
Happening by chance;accidental.
He didn't plan on getting rich; it was a fortuitous occurrence.
Frivolity
Lack of seriousness.
We were distressed by his frivolity during therecent grave crisis.
Gnarled
Rough and weather worn; knotted;twisted.
One or Rembrandt's paintings feature the gnarled hands of an old man.
garble
To mix up or distort to such an extent as to make misleading or incomprehensible
She garbled all the historical facts.