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