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austere
rigorous, stern, severely simple
austerity
harsh restraint and the absence of warmth, liveliness, or adornment
asceticism
self-denial
sobriety
serious, restrained, temperate living - solemn and grave, but not ascetic and hardly austere
rigor
stiffness, implying strong discipline, from within or without
stringency
strictness or tight controls
avid
eager, greedy
preference
mild eagerness, hypothetical or mildly emotional
partiality
a stronger preference, deliberate or unreasoning
keenness
desire with a sharp edge and is thus mildly thrilling
ardor
spirited or fiery eagerness
zeal or zealousness
warm, strong, energetic eagerness
rapacity
a ruthless or even immoral eagerness which leads to the wrongful or violent seizure of that which one wants
covetousness
rapacious eagerness for something that belongs to somone else
mania
eagerness verging on madness and obsession
capricious
subject to whims, changeable
whimsical
droll or sensible in a humorous, unexpected way
erratic
uneven or irregular
spasmodic
sudden, irregular, and sometimes violent because of strong changes in mood or emotion
competent
capable, skillful, well qualified
proficiency
a high degree of mastery in some specific skill or field
dexterity
primarily muscular skill and often speed
adroitness
the ability to handle a situation or problem skillfully
finesse
adroitness, gracefullnes, smoothness in handling a situation
facility
competence with ease as well as skill
diffident

RW: bashful, retiring, taciturn
shy, timid, unassertive
demure
quietly charming
sedate
dignified and serious
modest
unassuming
diminutive
undersized, small
diminish
to decrease
formidable
hard to overcome, causing fear or dread
inexorable

RW: inflexible, unalterable, obstinate, obdurate, implacable, irrevocable
unyielding, unrelenting
inscrutable
mysterious, unfathomable, beyond comprehension
inveterate
habitual, deeply established
chronic
long-established and recurring
lugubrious

RW: funereal, lamentable, grievous, macabre
mournful, doleful, dismal
lachrymose
tear-producing or tearful
morbid
gruesome, horrible
melancholy
gloomy, brooding, sadly thoughtful
melancholia
a mental disorder characterized by exceedingly low spirits and severe depression
wistfulness
slight, very gentle melancholy
depression
a state of low spirits, not so deep as dejection and due more to physical or temporary conditions
dejection
the state of being downcast, discouraged, lacking hope
despondency
lack or loss of hope that the situation will improve
disconsolateness
the condition of being uncomforted, especially over a specific cause of grief
despair
despondency at or beyond the breaking point, where one abandons hope and faith
meticulous
scrupulous about details
munificent
very generous, lavish
punctilious
scrupulously exact about details, practives, customs, and schedules
puntual
makes a habit of being on time
liberal
free, ample, more than enough
generous
spontaneous, unselfish, wholehearted
bounteous
abundant, unrestrained, more than merely liberal
opportune
timely, advantageous, seasonable
opportunism
the act of seizing an unexpected chance and turning it to one's advantage
plebeian
common, ordinary, low-class
plebiscite
a vote by the people on a specific issue, especially a choice of soverneignty
precipitous
very steep
precipitate and precipitant (adj)
sudden, rash, too hasty
precipitate (v)
to hurl, to throw violently
precocious
ahead in development (especially mental); exhibiting exceptionally mature qualities
pugnacious
quarrelsome, inclined to fight
combative
wary, pugncacious attitude of a soldier in combat
contentious
stirring up trouble
pugilistic
not necessarily pugnacious but has a connection with boxing
pugilist
a boxer or prizefighter
belligerent
very quarrelsome
bellicose
warlike
querulous
fretful, complainging
petulant
peevish and irritable, expecially in the sense of being bad-tempered
peevish
fretful and ill-humored, especially in petty ways