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brevity

(BREV-ih-tee)

n. briefness in speech or writing

  • brevity = abbreviate

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concise

(cun-SISE)

adj. using few words in speech or writing

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laconic

(luh-CAHN-ik)

adj. using few words in speech

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pithy

(PIH-thee)

adj. brief and full of meaning

  • Pithy = pit (central part) of the topic

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quiescent

(kwy-EH-sunt)

adj. quiet; still; inactive

  • quiescent = quiet

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reticent

(RET-ih-sunt)

adj. not talking much

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succinct

(suk-SINKT)

adj. clearly and briefly stated

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taciturn

(TAS-ih-turn)

adj. silent; sparing of words

  • taciturn = tacitus in latin is quiet

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terse

(TURS)

adj. very concise, sometimes to the point of rudeness

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bombastic

(bom-BAS-tic)

adj. using language in a showy way

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circumlocution

(sir-kum-low-Q-shun)

n. speaking in circles

  • circumlocution = circle
  • circumloction = root word loq- or loc- means speech

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colloquial

(kuh-LOW-kwee-ul)

adj. pertaining to common everyday speech

  • colloquial = common
  • colloquial = root word loq- or loc- means speech

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diffuse

(dih-FEWS)

adj. spread out, not concise; wordy

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digress

(die-GRES)

vb. to wander off from the subject or topic spoken about.

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eloquence

(EH-low-KWENS)

n. speech that can influence people's feelings

  • eloquence = root word loq- or loc- means speech

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garrulous

(GAR-u-lus)

adj. talkative

  • garrulous gorillas

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grandiloquent

(gran-DIH-luh-kwent)

adj. using big and fancy words when speaking for the purpose of impressing others

  • grandiloquent = grand
  • grandiloquent = root word loq- or loc- means speech

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loquacious

(low-KWAY-shus)

adj. very talkative

  • loquacious = root word loq- or loc- means speech

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prattle

(PRA-tl)

vb. to speak on and on in a foolish manner

  • prattle = baby rattle

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ramble

(RAM-bul)

vb. to talk on and on pointlessly

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rant

(RANT)

vb. to talk very loudly, even wildly

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rhetorical

(re-TOR-uh-kul)

adj. relation to speech that is used to persuade or have some effect

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verbose

(vur-BOSE)

adj. using too many words; wordy

  • verbose = suffix -ose means having the quality of
  • verbose = verbus in latin means words

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voluble

(VOL-you-bul)

adj. talking a great deal with ease

  • voluble = great volume (mass)

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arrogant

(ER-uh-gunt)

adj. overly proud; haughty

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braggart

(BRA- gurt)

n. one who boasts a great deal

  • braggart = one who brags a lot

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complacement

(kum-PLAY-snt)

adj. self-satisfied; smug

  • complacement = self-complementing

 

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contemptuous

(kun-TEMP-choo-us)

adj. lacking respect; scornful

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disdainful

(dis-DANE-ful)

adj. full of bitter scorn and pride

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egotistical

(ee-guh-TIS-tih-kul)

adj. excessively self-absorbant; conceited

  • egotistical = "ego" means "self"