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Banal

Adj
Hackneyed, trite, commonplace
Ex. The new players banal dialogue made it seem more like a soap opera than a serious drama

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Synonyms & Antonyms for banal

S: stale, insipid
A: fresh, novel, original, new

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Belabor

V. To work on excessively; to thrash soundly.
Ex: His tendency to belabor the small points often made him miss the big picture

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Synonym belabor

S: overwork

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Carping

Adj. To find fault, especially in a petty, nasty or hairsplitting way
N. Petty, nagging, criticism
Ex: the trainee resigned after a week rather than put up with the carping complaints of the sales manager
Ex: most artists choose to ignore the carping if critics and simply go one with their work.

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Synonyms & Antonyms carping

S: adj. Nit-picking
A: adj. Approving, uncritical

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Coherent

Adj. Holding or sticking together; making a logical whole; comprehensible, meaningful
Ex: the physics teacher gave a surprising coherent description of quantum mechanics

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Synonyms & Antonyms coherent

S: connected, unified, consistent, cohesive
A: muddled, chaotic, disjointed

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Emulate

V. To imitate with the intent of equaling or surpassing the model
Ex: most beginning writers try to emulate a great writer and later develop their own individual styles

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Synonyms emulate

S: copy, mimic, rival, match, measure up to

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Eschew

V. To avoid, shun, keep away from
Ex: the young athletes promised the coach that they would train vigorously and eschew vas habits.

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Synonyms & Antonyms eschew

S: abstain from, steer clear if, forgo
A: embrace, adopt

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Germane

Adj. Relevant, appropriate, apropos, fitting
Ex: bringing up examples from the past is not germane to the present discussion

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Synonyms & Antonyms germane

S: pertinent
A: irrelevant, extraneous, inappropriate

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Largesse

N. Generosity in giving; lavish or bountiful contributions.
Ex: the university was the fortunate beneficiary of the largesse of many of its graduates.

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Synonyms & Antonyms largesse

S: liberality, munificence, bounty
A: stinginess, miserliness, niggardliness

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Reconnaissance

N. A survey made for military purpose; any kind of preliminary inspection or examination
Ex: the field officer required a thorough reconnaissance before ordering any troop movement

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Synonyms reconnaissance

S: scouting expedition

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Substantiate

V. To est by evidence, prove; to give concrete or substantial inspection or examination
Ex: the prospector was unable to substantiate his claim to the land where the gold was found

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Synonyms & Antonyms substantiate

S: verify, confirm, validate, authentic
A: refute, disprove, invalidate