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despondently
Feeling or expressing despondency; dejected.
distended
To swell out or expand from or as if from internal pressure; To cause to expand by or as if by internal pressure; dilate.
To extend.
acquiescence
Passive assent or agreement without protest.
The state of being acquiescent.
acquisitive
Characterized by a strong desire to gain and possess.
Tending to acquire and retain ideas or information: an acquisitive mind.
altercation
A vehement quarrel.
asphyxiate
To cause asphyxia in; smother.
assent
To agree, as to a proposal; concur. Agreement.
austere
Severe or stern in disposition or appearance; somber and grave: the austere figure of a Puritan minister.
Strict or severe in discipline; ascetic: a desert nomad's austere life.
Having no adornment or ornamentation; bare: an austere style. See Synonyms at severe.
avuncular
Of or having to do with an uncle.
Regarded as characteristic of an uncle, especially in benevolence or tolerance.
bedlam
A place or situation of noisy uproar and confusion.
often Bedlam Archaic. An insane asylum.
candelabrum
A large decorative candlestick having several arms or branches.
chastised
To punish, as by beating. See Synonyms at punish.
To criticize severely; rebuke.
Archaic. To purify.
complacent
Contented to a fault; self-satisfied and unconcerned: He had become complacent after years of success.
Eager to please; complaisant.
complaisant
Exhibiting a desire or willingness to please; cheerfully obliging.
convalescence
Gradual return to health and strength after illness.
The period needed for returning to health after illness.
demure
Modest and reserved in manner or behavior.
Affectedly shy, modest, or reserved. See Synonyms at shy.
demurred
To voice opposition; object: demurred at the suggestion. See Synonyms at object.
Law. To enter a demurrer.
To delay.
desiccated
To dry out thoroughly.
To preserve (foods) by removing the moisture. See Synonyms at dry.
To make dry, dull, or lifeless.
discordant
Not being in accord; conflicting.
Disagreeable in sound; harsh or dissonant.
dissonance
A harsh, disagreeable combination of sounds; discord.
Lack of agreement, consistency, or harmony; conflict: “In Vietnam, reality fell away and dissonance between claim and fact filled the void” (Michael Janeway).
Music. A combination of tones contextually considered to suggest unrelieved tension and require resolution.
exultant
Marked by great joy or jubilation; triumphant.
fastidious
Possessing or displaying careful, meticulous attention to detail.
Difficult to please; exacting.
Excessively scrupulous or sensitive, especially in matters of taste or propriety. See Synonyms at meticulous.
Microbiology. Having complicated nutritional requirements.
inexorably
Not capable of being persuaded by entreaty; relentless: an inexorable opponent; a feeling of inexorable doom. See Synonyms at inflexible.
ingratiatingly
Pleasing; agreeable: “Reading requires an effort.... Print is not as ingratiating as television” (Robert MacNeil).
Calculated to please or win favor: an unctuous, ingratiating manner.
intractable
Difficult to manage or govern; stubborn. See Synonyms at unruly.
Difficult to mold or manipulate: intractable materials.
Difficult to alleviate, remedy, or cure: intractable pain.
jibe
To make taunting, heckling, or jeering remarks. To deride with taunting remarks. A derisive remark.
liability
The state of being liable. Something for which one is liable; an obligation, responsibility, or debt.
liabilities The financial obligations entered in the balance sheet of a business enterprise.
Something that holds one back; a handicap.
Likelihood.
magisterial
Of, relating to, or characteristic of a master or teacher; authoritative: a magisterial account of the history of the English language.
Sedately dignified in appearance or manner: “She would appear on the porch and reign over the street in magisterial beauty” (Harper Lee).
Dogmatic; overbearing: expounded on official protocol in magisterial tones.
Of or relating to a magistrate or a magistrate's official functions.
magnanimous
Courageously noble in mind and heart.
Generous in forgiving; eschewing resentment or revenge; unselfish.
monogamously
The practice or condition of having a single sexual partner during a period of time.

The practice or condition of being married to only one person at a time.
The practice of marrying only once in a lifetime.
Zoology. The condition of having only one mate during a breeding season or during the breeding life of a pair.
mulishly
ubborn and intractable; recalcitrant. See Synonyms at obstinate.
mutinous
Of, relating to, engaged in, disposed to, or constituting mutiny. See Synonyms at insubordinate.
Unruly; disaffected: a mutinous child.
Turbulent and uncontrollable: “mutinous passions, and conflicting fears” (Percy Bysshe Shelley).
negligent
Characterized by or inclined to neglect, especially habitually.
Characterized by careless ease or informality; casual.
Law. Guilty of negligence.
nonplussed
To put at a loss as to what to think, say, or do; bewilder.
obstinate
Stubbornly adhering to an attitude, opinion, or course of action; obdurate.
Difficult to manage, control, or subdue; refractory.
Difficult to alleviate or cure: an obstinate headache.
oleaginous
Of or relating to oil.
Falsely or smugly earnest; unctuous: oleaginous flattery. See Synonyms at unctuous.
onerous
Troublesome or oppressive; burdensome. See Synonyms at burdensome.
Law. Entailing obligations that exceed advantages.
pell-mell
In a jumbled, confused manner; helter-skelter.
In frantic disorderly haste; headlong: “I went to work pell-mell, blotted several sheets of paper with choice floating thoughts” (Washington Irving).
pestilential
Pestilent. See Synonyms at poisonous.
piety
The state or quality of being pious, especially:
Religious devotion and reverence to God.
Devotion and reverence to parents and family: filial piety.
A devout act, thought, or statement.

A position held conventionally or hypocritically.
A statement of such a position: “the liberated pieties of people who believe that social attitudes have kept pace with women's aspirations” (Erica Abeel).
priggish
A person who demonstrates an exaggerated conformity or propriety, especially in an irritatingly arrogant or smug manner.
Chiefly British. A petty thief or pickpocket.
Archaic. A conceited dandy; a fop.
recalcitrant
Marked by stubborn resistance to and defiance of authority or guidance. See Synonyms at unruly.
restive
Uneasily impatient under restriction, opposition, criticism, or delay.
Resisting control; difficult to control.
Refusing to move. Used of a horse or other animal.
reticent
Inclined to keep one's thoughts, feelings, and personal affairs to oneself. See Synonyms at silent.
Restrained or reserved in style.
Reluctant; unwilling.
rotund
Rounded in figure; plump. See Synonyms at fat.
Having a full, rich sound; sonorous.
rueful
Inspiring pity or compassion.
Causing, feeling, or expressing sorrow or regret.
sanctimonious
Feigning piety or righteousness: “a solemn, unsmiling, sanctimonious old iceberg that looked like he was waiting for a vacancy in the Trinity” (Mark Twain).
solicitously
Anxious or concerned: a solicitous parent.
Expressing care or concern: made solicitous inquiries about our family. See Synonyms at thoughtful.
Full of desire; eager.
Marked by or given to anxious care and often hovering attentiveness.
Extremely careful; meticulous: solicitous in matters of behavior.
stridently
Loud, harsh, grating, or shrill; discordant. See Synonyms at loud. See Synonyms at vociferous.
tempest
A violent windstorm, frequently accompanied by rain, snow, or hail.
Furious agitation, commotion, or tumult; an uproar: “The tempest in my mind/Doth from my senses take all feeling” (Shakespeare).
tempestuous
Of, relating to, or resembling a tempest: tempestuous gales.
Tumultuous; stormy: a tempestuous relationship.
trenchant
Forceful, effective, and vigorous: a trenchant argument. See Synonyms at incisive.
Caustic; cutting: trenchant criticism.
Distinct; clear-cut.
unerringly
Committing no mistakes; consistently accurate.
veracity
Adherence to the truth; truthfulness. See Synonyms at truth.
Conformity to fact or truth; accuracy or precision: a report of doubtful veracity.
Something that is true.
vociferous
Making, given to, or marked by noisy and vehement outcry.
wrest
To obtain by or as if by pulling with violent twisting movements: wrested the book out of his hands; wrested the islands from the settlers.
To usurp forcefully: wrested power from the monarchy.
To extract by or as if by force, twisting, or persistent effort; wring: wrest the meaning from an obscure poem.

To distort or twist the nature or meaning of: wrested the words out of context.
To divert to an improper use; misapply.
wryly
Dryly humorous, often with a touch of irony.
Temporarily twisted in an expression of distaste or displeasure: made a wry face.
Abnormally twisted or bent to one side; crooked: a wry nose.
Being at variance with what is right, proper, or suitable; perverse.
despondency
Depression of spirits from loss of hope, confidence, or courage; dejection.