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Fastidious (adj.)

excessively particular, critical, or demanding; hard to please: a fastidious eater.
requiring or characterized by excessive care or delicacy; painstaking.


Extenuate (v.)

to represent (a fault, offense, etc.) as less serious: to extenuate a crime.
to serve to make (a fault, offense, etc.) seem less serious.
to underestimate, underrate, or make light of: Do not extenuate the difficulties we are in.
to make thin, lean, or emaciated.
to reduce the consistency or density of.


Expostulate (n.)

to reason earnestly with someone against something that person intends to do or has done; remonstrate: His father expostulated with him about the evils of gambling.


Disparate (adj.)

distinct in kind; essentially different; dissimilar: disparate ideas.



profit, salary, or fees from office or employment; compensation for services: Tips are an emolument in addition to wages. Synonyms: earnings, pay, recompense, stipend, honorarium.


Disport (n.)

to divert or amuse (oneself).
to display (oneself) in a sportive manner: The picnickers disported themselves merrily on the beach.



a formal expression of high praise; eulogy: An encomium by the President greeted the returning hero.


Enunciate (v.)

to utter or pronounce (words, sentences, etc.), especially in an articulate or a particular manner: He enunciates his words distinctly.
to state or declare definitely, as a theory.
to announce or proclaim: to enunciate one's intentions.


Doggerel (n.)

comic or burlesque, and usually loose or irregular in measure.
rude; crude; poor.


Ellipsis (adj.)

the omission from a sentence or other construction of one or more words that would complete or clarify the construction, as the omission of who are, while I am, or while we are from I like to interview people sitting down.
the omission of one or more items from a construction in order to avoid repeating the identical or equivalent items that are in a preceding or following construction, as the omission of been to Paris from the second clause of I've been to Paris, but they haven't.



to give a false or misleading appearance to; conceal the truth or real nature of: to dissemble one's incompetence in business.


Febrile (adj.)

pertaining to or marked by fever; feverish.


Dolorous (adj.)

full of, expressing, or causing pain or sorrow; grievous; mournful: a dolorous melody; dolorous news.



a person who cultivates a refined taste, especially in food and wine; connoisseur.
Archaic. a person dedicated to sensual enjoyment.


Fecundity (n.)

the quality of being fecund; capacity, especially in female animals, of producing young in great numbers.
fruitfulness or fertility, as of the earth.
the capacity of abundant production: fecundity of imagination.


Exiguous (adj.)

scanty; meager; small; slender: exiguous income.


Facile (adj.)

moving, acting, working, proceeding, etc., with ease, sometimes with superficiality: facile fingers; a facile mind.
easily done, performed, used, etc.: a facile victory; a facile method.
easy or unconstrained, as manners or persons.
affable, agreeable, or complaisant; easily influenced: a facile temperament; facile people.


Edify (v.)

to instruct or benefit, especially morally or spiritually; uplift: religious paintings that edify the viewer.


Equanimity (n.)

mental or emotional stability or composure, especially under tension or strain; calmness; equilibrium.


Evince (v.)

to show clearly; make evident or manifest; prove.
to reveal the possession of (a quality, trait, etc.).


Equable (n.)

free from many changes or variations; uniform: an equable climate; an equable temperament.
uniform in operation or effect, as laws.