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welter
1. bewidering jumble.
The existing welter of federal and state proclaims cries out for reform.
2. wallow.
Victims weltered in blood while waiting for med attn.
voluble
fluent, glib, talkative
vituperative
abusive, scolding.
He became more vituperative when he realized that they were not going to grant him his wish
vaunted
boasted, bragged, highly publicized.

This much vaunted project proved a dissappointment when it collapsed.
usury
lending money at illegal rates of interest
untoward
unfortunate, unlucky, adverse

Huck had a most untoward encounter with Ms. W, who thwarted his escape.
undulating
moving in a wavelike motion. The hula fest featured an undulating sea of grass skirts.
unctuous
oily, bland, insincerely suave.
Uri disguised his nefarious actions by unctuous protestations of his humilililty.
unction
act of annointing with oil
umbrage
resentment, anger, sense of injury or insult.
She took umbrage at his remarks and stormed away in a huff
turpitude
depravity.

A visitor may be denied admittance to this country if he has been guilty of moral turpitude.
turbid
muddy, having sediment disturbed
tumid
swollen, pompous, bombastic

I dislike his tumid style; I prefer writing that is less swolen and bombastic.
truculence
agressiveness, ferocity
traduce
expose to slander. His opponents tried to traduce the candidate's reputation by spreading rumors about his past.
tractable
docile; easily managed.

Although Susan seemed a tractable young woman, she had a stubborn streak of independence that occasionally led her to defy those in charge.
tendentious
biased.

The editorials are tendentious rather than truth seeking
tautological
needlessly repetitious, redundant.

In the sentance it was visible to the eye, the phrase to the eye is tautological.
suppliant
entreating; beeseching.

Unable to resist the dog's suppliant whimpering, he gave it some food.
succor
aid, assist comfort

I will come to succor you in your hour of need.
stygian
gloomy, hellish, deathly
stultify
to cause to appear or become stupid or inconsistent; frustrate or hinder.

His long hours in the blacking factory left Dickens numb and incurious, as if the menial labor had stultified his mind.
stanch
check flow of blood

It is imperative that we stanch the gushing wound before we attend to the other injuries
specious
seemingly reasonable but incorrect; misleading.
sophistry
seemingly plausibly but fallacious reasoning
solicitious
worried, concerned.

The employer was very solicitious about the health of her employees as replacents were difficult to get.
sinecure
well paid position with little responsibility
simper
smirk, smile affectedly
sidereal
relating to the stars
sententious
terse, concise, aphoristic
seine
net for catching fish
saturnine
gloomy
sanctimonious
displaying ostentacious or hypocritical devoutness.
salutary
tending to improve, beneficial, wholesome
salubrious
healthful
runic
mysterious; set down in an ancient alphabet
rescind
cancel
reporach
express dissaproval or dissapointment
reprobate
person hardened in sin, devoid of a sense of decency
repudiate
disown, disavow
recumbent
reclining; lying down completely or in part
propitiate
appease

The natives offered sacrifices to propitiate the gods
prevaricate
lie
prognosticate
predict
parry
to ward off a blow, deflect.

It was fun to watch KH &ST parry each other's verbas jabs in the classic screwball comedides.
ostentacious
showy, pretentious, trying to attract attention
obsequious
slavishly attentive, servile, syncophatic
obstreperous
boisterous, noisy
inveigh
denounce, utter censure or invective
fulsome
disgustingly excessive
fulminate
thunder, explode
extant
still in existence.
expiate
make amends for (a sin).

He tried to expiate his crimes by a full confession to authorities.
expatiate
talk at length
divest
to strip, to deprive

He was divested of his power and could no longer govern
dissolution
looseness in morals; disintegration
dissemble
disguise, pretend

Even though John tried to dissemble his motive for taking modern dance, we all knew he was there not to dance but to meet girls.
dispatch
speediness; prompt execution
deride
ridicule; make fun of
denigrate
blacken
diffuse
wordy, rambling, or spread out
desultory
aimless, haphazard, digressing at random
deference
courteous regard for another's wish
deference
vs
diffidence
courteous regard for another's wish
vs
shyness
cordon
extended line of men or fortifications to prevent access or egress
contrite
penitent
contention
vs
contentious
contention=thesis

contentious=quarrelsome
cogent
convincing
complaisant
vs
compliant
complaisant=trying to please
vs.
compliant=yielding, conforming to requiremnts.
castigation
punishment or severe criticism
capacious
vs.
capricious
capacious=spacious
vs
capricious=on a whim
calumny
malicious misrepresntation; slander
belie
contradict, give flase impression

His coarse exterior belied his innate sensitivity
aver
state confidently
assuage
to satisfy hunger, ease pain, or soothe anger.
antipathy
vs
apathy
antipathy=aversion, dislike
vs
apathy=don't care
acclivity
sharp upslope of a hill
abnegation
renunciation, self sacrifice
abeyance
suspended action

The deal was held in abeyance until her arrival
abash
embarrass
abase
lower, degrade, humiliate