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assertion
a declaration or statement
Her assertion made me think about what I've done.
clarity
clearness in thought or expression
His clarity made me understand the concept better.
cogent
convincing; reasonable
The cogent clerk made me buy his product.
coherent
logically connected
The coherent information was easier to learn than random facts.
cohesive
condition of sticking together
I could not get the cohesive magnets apart.
didactic
intended to instruct
The didactic teacher taught me my ABCs.
discourse
verbal expression or exchange; conversation
Our discourse made me understand what the teacher was saying.
eloquence
the ability to speak vividly or persuasively
His eloquence made her buy him the jacket that he wanted.
emphasize
to give special attention to something, to stress
My teacher emphasizes the key words.
arbiter
a judge who decides a disputed issue
The arbiter decided that the man was guilty.
biased
prejudiced
The biased parent only liked Sally's Jewish friends.
exculpate
to free from guilt or blame
George exulpated Kevin after he stole his favorite shirt.
impartial
not in favor of one side of the other, unbiased
The impartial jury could not make a decision about the case.
incontrovertible
indisputable; not open to question
His parents decision about going out tonight was incontrovertible.
integrity
trustworthiness; completeness
Greg had the most friends because of his integrity.
jurisprudence
the philosophy or science of law
The jurisprudence could not be changed.
objectivity
treating facts without influence from personal feelings or prejudices
The SAT essay judges don't know anything about the writers so that they use objectivity.
penitent
expressing remorse for one's misdeeds
Her friend was penitent after her uncle had died.
plausible
seemingly valid or acceptable; credible
The plausible answer was marked correct.
condescending
treating people as weak or inferior
His condescending manner made his friends ditch him.
contemptuous
feeling hatred; scornful
despotic
exercising absolute power; tyrannical
dictatorial
domineering; oppressively overbearing
disdain
n- contempt, scorn
v- to regard or treat with contempt; to look down on
haughty
arrogant; vainly proud
imperious
arrogantly domineering or overbearing
patronizing
treating in a condescending manner
convoluted
intricate; complex
cryptic
difficult to comprehend
futile
having no useful purpose; pointless
impede
to slow the progress of
obscure
adj- relatively unknown
v- to conceal or make indistinct
quandary
a state of uncertainty or perplexity
dilatory
habitually late
indolent
lazy
insipid
uninteresting; unchallenging
listless
lacking energy
torpor
laziness; inactivity; dullness
alienated
removed or disassociated from (friends, family, or homeland)
alliance
a union of two or more groups
disparity
inequality in age, rank or degree; difference
servile
submissive; like a servant
suppressed
subdued; kept from being circulated
embellish
to make beautiful by ornamenting; to decorate
florid
describing flowery or elaborate speech
opulent
exhibiting a display of great wealth
ornate
elaborately decorated
ostentatious
describing a showy or pretentious display
poignant
profoundly moving; touching
ebullience
intense enthusiasm
effusive
emotionally unrestrained; gushy
egregious
conspicuously bad or offensive
flagrant
extremely or deliberately shocking or noticeable
frenetic
wildly excited or active
gratuitous
given freely; unearned; unwarranted
superfluous
extra; unnecessary
dubious
doubtful; of unlikely authenticity
fabricated
made; concocted in order to deceive
hypocrisy
the practice of pretending to be something one is not; insincerity
slander
false charges and malicious oral statements about someone
spurious
not genuine; false, counterfeit
alleviate
to make the pain more bearable
asylum
an institution for the care of people, especially those with physical or mental impairments, who require organized supervision
auspicious
attended by favorable circumstances; marked by success
benevolent
of, concerned with, or organized for the benefit of charity
benign
showing gentleness and mildness; of a kind and gentle disposition
emollient
softening or soothing especially to the skin
mollify
to calm in temper or feeling; to soothe
reclamation
a restoration, as to productivity, usefulness, or morality
sanction
support or encouragement, as from public opinion or established custom
astute
shrewd; clever
camouflage
to hide by blending in with the surroundings
clandestine
secretive
coup
a brilliantly executed plan
disingenuous
not straightfoward; crafty
ruse
a crafty trick
stratagem
a clever trick used to deceive or outwit
surreptitious
done by secretive means
wary
on guard; watchful
wily
cunning
assimilation
to absorb; make similar
consensus
general agreement
context
circumstances of a situation; environment
derived
copied or adapted from a source
incumbent
imposed as a duty; obligatory
inevitable
certain to happen, unavoidable
malleable
easily shaped or formed; easily influenced
subdue
to restrain; to hold back
assiduous
hard-working
compelling
forceful; urgently demanding attention
diligent
marked by painstaking effort; hard-working
dogged
stubbornly persevering
endure
to put up with, to survive a hardship
intrepid
courageous; fearless
maverick
one who is independent and resists adherence to a group
obdurate
stubborn; inflexible
proliferate
to grow or increase rapidly
tenacity
persistence
vitality
energy; power to survive
acquired
developed or learned; not naturally occurring
conception
the ability to form or understand an idea
conviction
a fixed or strong belief
dogmatic
stubbornly adhering to insufficiently proved beliefs
enlightening
informative; contributing to one's awareness
impression
a feeling or understanding resulting from an experience
intution
the power of knowing things without thinking; sharp insight
misconception
an incorrect understanding or interpretation
perception
awareness; insight
condemn
to express strong disapproval of; denounce
discredit
to cause to be doubted
disparage
to speak of in a slighting way or negatively; to belittle
pejorative
describing words or phrases that belittle or speak negatively of someone
plagiarism
the act of passing off the ideas or writing of another as one's own
vilify
to make vicious statements about