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askance
with suspicion, distrust, or disapproval

syn: distrustfully, suspiciously, skeptically
attenuate
to make thin or slender; to weaken or lessen in force, intensily, or value

syn: thin out, dilute, water down
ant: thicken, strengthen, bolster
benign
gentle, kind, forgiving; understanding; having a favorable or beneficial effect; not malignant

syn: benevolent, salutary, salubrious, harmless
ant: malevolent, deleterious
cavil
to find fault in a petty way, carp...a trivial objection or criticism

syn: nitpick, quibble
charlatan
one who feigns knowledge or ability; a pretender, impostor, or quack

syn: fraud, mounteback
decimate
to kill or destroy a large part of

syn: ravage, mountebank
foible
a weak point, failing, minor flaw

syn: shortcoming, abstain from, give up
ant: forte, virtue
forgo
to do without, abstain from, give up

syn: refrain from, renounce
ant: indulge in, partake of
fraught
full of or loaded with; accompanied by

syn: charged with
ant: devoid of, lacking, deficient in
inure
to toughen, harden; to render used to something by long subjection or exposure

syn: accustom, acclimate
luminous
emitting or reflecting light, glowing; illuminating

syn: radiant, bright, refulgent, lustrous
ant: dark, opaque, dim, murky
obsequious
marked by slavish attentiveness; excessively submissive, often for purely self-interested reasons

syn: fawning, servile, sycophantic, mealymouthed
ant: assertive, bumptious, overbearing, candid, frank, independent
obtuse
blutn, not coming to a point, slow or dull in understanding; measuring between 90 and 180 degrees; not causing a sharp impression

syn: stupid, dump, thick, mild, dull-witted
ant: acute, perceptive, quick-witted
oscillate
to swing back and forth with a steady rhythm; to fluctuate or waver

syn: vibrate, vacillate
penitent
regretful for one's sins or mistakes; one who is sorry for wrongdoing

syn: remorseful, regretful, rueful, sorry
ant: unrepentant, remorseless
peremptory
having the nature of a command that leaves no opportunity for debate, denial, or refusal; offensively self-assured, dictatorial; determined, resolute

syn: high-handed, unconditional
ant: irresolute, tentative, mild, unassuming
rebuff
to snub; to repel, drive away; a curt rejection, a check

syn: spurn, repulse, reject; setback
ant: accept, welcome
reconnoiter
to engage in reconnaissance; to make a preliminary inspection

syn: scout
shambles
a slaughterhouse; a place of mass bloodshed; a state of complete disorder and confusion, mess
sporadic
occurring at irregular intervals, having no set plan or order

syn: intermittent, spasmodic
ant: constant, steady, continuous, uninterrupted