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paraphrase
to restate (in different words)
to put what someone else has expressed into different words
paraphrase (n) = restatement of a text or passage
ostensible
apparent
appearing or seeming to be true (but not necessarily proved)
professed or declared as true without being demonstrated or proved
digress
to wander
to stray from the point
to ramble, deviate, go off in another direction
lit. to go apart, walk away
archaic: to physically wander away or turn aside
digression (n)
uncanny
eerie
strange (in an unnatural or unearthly way OR in a remarkable or marvelous way, beyond what is normal or expected)
weird
mysterious
"an uncanny experience/resemblance/ability"
candor
frankness
openness
sincere expression
candid (adj) = frank, open, sincere
the candid person expresses his thoughs frankly and openly, without hesitation.
morose
gloomy
moody
glum
grumpy
ill-tempered
depressed (and silent because you are feeling bitter or resentful)
suggests bitterness or misanthropy
moroseness (n) = ill-tempered, bitter gloominess
adept
skilled (handy, clever, able, expert)
dexterous
proficient
He was adept at managing his investments, and they always turned a handsome profit.
adept (n) = a highly skilled person, an expert
from the Latin adeptus = an alchemist who has learned how to do the impossible - change base metals into gold
saturated
soaked
thoroughly wet
full of moisture
to saturate (v) = to soak or wet thoroughly, literally (my french fries are saturated with oil) or figuratively (the company saturated the media with ads for its new products)
pragmatic
practical
having to do with actual practice
concerned with practical, everyday affairs (as opposed to theory or speculation
from the Latin pragmaticus = skilled in business or law (lawyers are concerned with evidence and proof, businesspeople with facts and figures - both have littel time for idle speculation or harebrained schemes, both must be pragmatic)
congenial
sympathetic
agreeable
compatible
kindred
harmonious
having the same taste, nature or temperament
Congenial persons have similar or sympathetic tastes, interests, or personalities. Congenial things agree, go well together.
quote
to use or repeat the words of someone else, giving acknowledgment to the source
plausible
having an appearance of truth or reason
seeingly worthy of approval or acceptance
credible
believable
a plausible excuse/plot
2. well-spoken and apparently, but often deceptively, worthy of confidence or trust - a plausible commentator
specious
apparently good or right though lacking real merit
superficially pleasing or plausible
using deception to make something false appear true
A specious argument is one that looks good on the surface but is flawed underneath.
2. pleasing to the eye but deceptive
3. obsolete: pleasing to the eye, fair
ingress
the place you walk in
the entrance
egress
the place you walk out
the exit
straightforward
1. going or directed straight ahead: a straightforward gaze
2. direct, not roundabout: a straightforward approach to a problem
3. free from crookedness or deceit
honest: straightforward in one's dealings
straightforwardness (n)
outspoken
1. uttered or expressed with frankness or without reserve: outspoken criticism
2. free or unreserved in speech
outspokenness (n)
forthright
1. going straight to the point
frank
direct
oustpoken
the forthright person speaks directly to the point, plainly and sometimes bluntly, in a no-nonsense manner. It's sometimes difficult to be forthright and not give offense.
2. proceeding in a straight course
direct
straightforward: a forthright glance
forthrightness (n)
ingenuous
1. free from reserve, restraint or dissimulation
candid
sincere
the ingenuous person speaks honestly and sincerely, with no hint of evasiveness or deception
2. artless
innocent
naive
3. obsolete: honorable or noble
ingenuousness (n)
dolorous
mournful
full of sadness
full of, expressing, or causing pain or sorrow
grievous
a dolorous melody / dolorous news
quote
to use or repeat the words of someone else, giving acknowledgment to the source
plausible
having an appearance of truth or reason
seeingly worthy of approval or acceptance
credible
believable
a plausible excuse/plot
2. well-spoken and apparently, but often deceptively, worthy of confidence or trust - a plausible commentator
specious
apparently good or right though lacking real merit
superficially pleasing or plausible
using deception to make something false appear true
A specious argument is one that looks good on the surface but is flawed underneath.
2. pleasing to the eye but deceptive
3. obsolete: pleasing to the eye, fair
ingress
the place you walk in
the entrance
egress
the place you walk out
the exit
straightforward
1. going or directed straight ahead: a straightforward gaze
2. direct, not roundabout: a straightforward approach to a problem
3. free from crookedness or deceit
honest: straightforward in one's dealings
straightforwardness (n)
outspoken
1. uttered or expressed with frankness or without reserve: outspoken criticism
2. free or unreserved in speech
outspokenness (n)
forthright
1. going straight to the point
frank
direct
oustpoken
the forthright person speaks directly to the point, plainly and sometimes bluntly, in a no-nonsense manner. It's sometimes difficult to be forthright and not give offense.
2. proceeding in a straight course
direct
straightforward: a forthright glance
forthrightness (n)
ingenuous
1. free from reserve, restraint or dissimulation
candid
sincere
the ingenuous person speaks honestly and sincerely, with no hint of evasiveness or deception
2. artless
innocent
naive
3. obsolete: honorable or noble
ingenuousness (n)
dolorous
mournful
full of sadness
full of, expressing, or causing pain or sorrow
grievous
a dolorous melody / dolorous news
lugubrious
extremely gloomy or dismal
mournful, dismal or gloomy, especially in an affected, exaggerated or unrelieved manner: lugubrious songs of lost love
saturnine
having a bitter disposition or sour outlook on life
1. sluggish in temperament
gloomy
taciturn
2. suffering from lead poisoning, as a person
3. due to absorption of lead, as bodily disorders
optimistic
disposed to take a favorable view of events or conditions and to expect the most favorable outcome
reflecting optimism: an optimistic plan
jovial
endowed with or characterized by a hearty, joyous humor or a spirit of good-fellowship: a wonderfully jovial host
sanguine
having a cheerful, confident outlook on life
sullen
1. showing irritation or ill humor by a gloomy silence or reserve
when you refuse to speak or associate with people because you're in a bad mood, you are being sullen
2. persistently and silently ill-humored; morose
3. indicative of gloomy ill humor
4. gloomy or dismal, as weather or a sound
5. sluggish, as a stream
6. obsolete: malignant (causing harm), as planets or influences
misanthropy
hatred of humankind
a spiteful or pessimistic attitude about the human race
deft
dexterous
nimble
skillful
clever: deft hands, a deft mechanic
adroit
1. expert or nimble in the use of the hands or body
2. cleverly skillful, resourceful, or ingenious: an adroit debater
dexterous
1. skillful or adroit in the use of the hands or body
2. having mental adroitness or skill
clever
3. done with skill or adroitness
4. right-handed
proficient
well-advanced or competent in any art, science, or subject
skilled: a proficient swimmer
(n) = an expert
drenched
1. wet through and through; thoroughly wet
2. abundantly covered or supplied with "drenched in moonlight" "moon-drenched meadows"
steeped
1. soaked in liquid in order to cleanse, soften or extract a given property from
2. infused or subjecte thoroughly to
3. made thoroughly wet, saturated
permeated
ocurring throughout
having been spread or flowed throughout, pervaded (our thinking is permeated by our historical myths)
having had its openings or interstices passed through (liquid permeating a membrane)
impregnated
1. made pregnant
2. fertilized
3. infused or permeated throughout, as with a substance; saturated: a handkerchief impregnated with cheap perfume
4. its interstices filled with a substance
5. furnished with some actuating (activating) or modifying element infused or introduced
imbued
infected
tinctured
imbued
1. inspired or influenced thoroughly, pervaded (work imbued wih the revolutionary spirit)
2. permeated or saturated
3. deeply stained or dyed
sodden
heavy with moisture, soggy
dull, stupefied, expressionless, as from drinking too much liquor
alien
1. residing under a government or in a country other than that of one's birth without having or obtaining the status of citizenship there
2. belongin or relating to aliens: alien property
3. unlike one's own, strange, not beloning to one: alien speech
4. adverse, hostile, opposed (to/from): ideas alien to modern thinking
5. extraterrestrial
dissident
diagreeing or dissenting, as in opinion or attitude: a ban on dissident magazines
incongruous
1. out of keeping or place; inappropriate; unbecoming: an incongruous effect; incongruous behavior
2. not harmonious in character; inconsonant; lacking harmony of parts: an incongruous mixture of architectural styles
3. inconsistent: actions that were incongruous with their professed principles