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acquisitive
(adj) able to get and retain ideas or information concerned with acquiring wealth or property
Syn: greedy, grasping, avaricious, retentive
Ant: altruistic, unretentive
arrogate
(v) to claim or take without right
Syn: expropriate, usurp, commandeer
Ant: relinquish, renounce, abdicate, abandon
banal
(adj) hackneyed, trite, commonplace
Syn: stale, insipid
Ant: fresh, novel, original, new
belabor
(v) to work on excessively; to thrash soundly
Syn: overwork
carping
(adj) tending to find fault, especially in a petty, nasty, or hairsplitting way; (n) petty, nagging criticism
Syn: (adj) nit-picking, caviling
Ant: (adj) approving, uncritical
coherent
(adj) holding or sticking together; making a logical whole; copmrehensible, meaningful
Syn: connected, unified, consistent, cohesive
Ant: muddled, chaotic, disjointed
congeal
(v) to change from liquid to solid, thicken; to make inflexible or rigid
Syn: harden, jell, coagulate, solidify
Ant: melt, liquefy
emulate
(v) to imitate with the intent of equaling or surpassing the model
Sn: copy, mimic, rival, match, measure up to
encomium
(n) a formal expression of praise, a lavish tribute
Syn: panegyric, eulogy, commendation
Ant: condemnation, castigation, criticism
eschew
(v) to avoid, shun, keep away from
Syn: abstain from, steer clear of, forgo
Ant: embrace, adopt
germane
(adj) relevant, appropriate, apropos, fitting
Syn: pertinent
Ant: irrelevant, extraneous, inappropriate
insatiable
(adj) so great or demanding as not to be satisfied
Syn: unquenchable, ravenous, voracious
intransigent
(adj) refusing to compromise, irreconcilable
Syn: uncompromising, unyielding, obdurate
Ant: lukewarm, halfhearted, yielding
invidious
(adj) offensive, hateful; tending to cause bitterness and resentment
Syn: malicious, spiteful, prejudicial, perjorative
Ant: complimentary, flattering, ameliorative
largesse
(n) generosity in giving; lavish or bountiful contributions
Syn: liberality, munificence, bounty
Ant: stinginess, miserliness, niggardliness
reconnaissance
(n) a survey made for military purposes; any kind of preliminary inspection or examination
Syn: scouting expedition
substantiate
(v) to establish by evidence, prove; to give concrete or substantial form to
Syn: verify, confirm, validate, authenticate
Ant:refute, disprove, invalidate
taciturn
(adj) habitually silent or quiet, inclined to talk very little
Syn: tight-lipped, uncommunicative, laconic
Ant: garrulous, loquacious, prolix, verbose
temporize
(v) to stall or act evasively in order to gain time, avoid a confrontation, or postpone a decision; to compromise
Syn: hedge, dillydally, procrastinate
tenable
(adj) capable of being held or defened
Syn: defensible, justifiable, maintainable
Ant: indefensible, unjustifiable