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adj) able to get and retain ideas or information; concerned with acquiring wealth or property

acquisitive

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v) to claim or take without right

arrogate

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adj) hackneyed, trite, commonplace

banal

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v) to work on excessively; to thrash soundly

belabor

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adj) tending to find fault, especially in a petty, nasty, or hairsplitting way;
n) petty, nagging criticism

carping

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adj) holding or sticking together; making a logical whole; comprehensible, meaningful

coherent

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v) to change from liquid to solid, thicken; to make inflexible or rigid

congeal

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v) to imitate with the intent of equaling or surpassing the model

emulate

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n) a formal expression of praise, a lavish tribute

encomium

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v) to avoid, shun, keep away from

eschew

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adj) relevant, appropriate, apropos, fitting

germane

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adj) so great or demanding as not to be satisfied

insatiable

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adj) refusing to compromise, irreconcilable

intransigent

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adj) offensive, hateful; tending to cause bitterness and resentment

invidious

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n) generosity in giving; lavish or bountiful contributions

largesse

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n) a survey made for military purposes; any kind of preliminary inspection or examination

reconnaissance

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v) to establish by evidence, prove; to give concrete or substantial form to

substantiate

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adj) habitually silent or quiet, inclined to talk very little

taciturn

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v) to stall or act avasively in order to gain time, avoid a confrontation, or postpone a decision; to compromise

temporize

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adj) capable of being held or defended

tenable

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v) to approach and speak to first; to confront in a challenging or aggressive way

accost

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n) a comment indication strong criticism or disapproval

animadversion

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adj) desirous of something to the point of greed; intensely eager

avid

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adj) having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink

brackish

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n) swiftness, rapidity of motion or action

celerity

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adj) staying or wandering from a straight or direct course; done or acting in a shifty or underhanded way

devious

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n) in chess, an opening move that involves risk or sacrifice of a minor piece in order to gain a later advantage; any opening move of this type

gambit

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n) a legendary bird identified with the kingfisher;
adj) of or relating to the halcyon; calm, peaceful; happy, golden; prosperous, affluent

halcyon

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adj) pertaining to actors and their techniques; theatrical, artificial; melodramatic

histrionic

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adj) deliberately setting or causing fires; designed to start fires; tending to stir up strife or rebellion;
n) one who deliberately sets fires, arsonist; one who causes strife

incendiary

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n) a whirlpool of great size and violence and destruction; a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence or destruction

maelstrom

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adj) nearsighted; lacking a broad, realistic view of a situation; lacking foresight or discernment

myopic

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adj) open, not hidden, expressed or revealed in a way that is easily recognized

overt

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adj) tending to make worse; expressing disapproval or disparagement, derogatory, deprecatory, belittling

pejorative

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n) the sate of being proper, appropriateness;
pl) standards of what is proper or socially acceptable

propriety

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n) improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred

sacrilege

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adv) without delay or formality; briefly, concisely

sammarily

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adj) asking humbly and earnestly;
n) one who makes a request humbly and earnestly, a petitioner, suitor

suppliant

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n) an object that serves as a charm or is believed to confer magical powers, an amulet, fetish

talisman

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v) to move in waves or with a wavelike motion; to have a wavelike appearance or form

undulate

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v) to romp or prance around exuberantly; to make merry

cavort

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n) belief, mental acceptance

credence

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v) to condemn, express strong disapproval; to officially depreciate

decry

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v) to disguise or conceal, deliberately give a false impression

dissemble

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adj) very much agitated or upset as a result of emotion or mental conflict

distraught

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n) a formal statement of commendation; high praise

eulogy

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v) to display clearly, to make evident, to provoke

evince

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v) to remove from a grave, to bring to light

exhume

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adj) lacking in spirit and strength; ineffective, weak; irresponsible, unreliable

feckless

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adj) dark and gloomy, obscure; lacking in clarity and precision

murky

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adj) wicked, depraved, devoid of moral standards

nefarious

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adh) stimulating to the taste or mind; spicy, pungent; appealingly provocative

piquant

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adj) developed or created at the very beginning; going back to the most ancient times or earliest stage; fundamental, basic

primordial

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n) nearness in place or time; kinship

propinquity

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adj) real, having a sold basis; considerable in number or amount; meaningful and on topic

substantive

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adj) not usual or expected; not in character

unwonted

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adj) founded upon or involving a visionary view of an ideal world; impractical

utopian

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n) language that is too wordy or inflated in proportion to the sense or content, wordiness; a manner of expression

verbiage

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adj) green in tint or color; immature in experience or judgement

verdant

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adj) having a gelatinous or gluey quality, lacking in easy movement or fluidity

viscous