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Acquisitive
adj.
able to get and retain ideas or information; concerned with acquiring wealth or property.
syn: greedy, grasping, avarcious, retentive
ant: altruistic, unrententive
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, originial, 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: nit-picking, caviling
ant: approving, uncritical
Coherent
adj
holing or sticking together; making a logical whole; comprehensible, meaningful
syn: connected, unified, consisten, 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
syn: copy, mimic, rival, match, measure up to
Encomium
n.
a formal expression of praise; a lavish tribute
syn: panegeric, eulogy, commendatoin
ant: condemnation, castigation, criticism
Eschew
v.
to avoid, shun, keep away from
syn: abstain from, steer clea 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 compromis, irreconcilable
syn: uncompromising, unyielding, obdurate
ant: lukewarm, halfhearted, yielding
Invidious
adj
offensive, hateful; tending to cause bitterness and resentment
syn: malicious, spiteful, prejudicial, pejorative
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, validate
Taciturn
adj
habitually silent or quiet, inclined to talk very little
syn: tight-lipped, uncommunicative, laconic
ant: garruluos, 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 defended
syn: defensible, justifiable, maintainable
ant: indefensible, unjustifiable