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amenable

adj) willing to follow advice or authority, tractable, submissive; responsive; liable to be help responsible

syn: agreeable, compliant, docile

ant: unresponsive, resistant, recalcitrant

berate

v) to scold sharply

syn: chide, rebuke, reprove, reprimand

ant: praise, compliment, pat on the back

carnage

n) large-scale slaughter or loss of life

syn: butchery, bloodbath, massacre

credulous

adj) to ready to believe, easily deceived

syn: gullible

ant: dubious, skeptical

criterion

n) a rule, test; a standard for judgement or evaluation

syn: yardstick, touchstone, gauge, canon

deplete

v) to use up as result of spending or consumption; to diminish greatly

syn: exhaust, empty, drain, bankrupt

ant: replenish, refill, restock, resupply

expatiate

v) to expand on write or talk at length or in detail; to move about freely

syn: elaborate, enlarge, descant, wander, roam

ant: sketch roughly, summarize, condense, adumbrate

extraneous

adj) coming from the outside, foreign; present but not essential, irrelevant

syn: incidental, extrinsic

ant: intrinsic, relevant, pertinent, germane

inception

n) beginning, start, earliest stage of some process, institution, etc.

syn: commencement, inauguration, outset

infirmity

n) a weakness or ailment (physical, mental, moral, etc.)

syn: affliction, malady, defect

jejune

adj) lacking in nutritive value; lacking in interest or substance; immature, juvenile

syn: vapid, insipid, puerile, childish

ant: stimulating, mature

obdurate

adj) stubborn, unyielding

syn: obstinate, adamant

ant: yielding, tractable, flexible

potpourri

n) a collection of diverse or miscellaneous items; a general mixture; petals mixed with spices for scent

syn: hodgepodge, mélange, farrago, medley

ant: homogeneous or uniform group

precocious

adj) showing unusually early development (especially in talents and mental capacity)

syn: forward, gifted, advanced

ant: backward, retarded, slow

sadistic

adj) delighting in cruelty, excessively cruel

syn: brutal, vicious, inhuman, fiendish

ant: masochistic, clement, humane, merciful

sententious

adj) self-righteous, characterized by moralizing; given to use of maxims or adages; saying much in few words, pithy

syn: aphoristic, epigrammatic, moralistic

ant: discursive, diffuse, episodic

supplicate

v) to beg earnestly and humbly

syn: plead, petition, implore, entreat

surfeit

n) an excess or overindulgence, as in eating or drinking, causing disgust; v) to feed or supply with anything to excess

syn: v) excess, glut; v) cloy, satiate

ant: n) dearth, paucity, lack

tortuous

adj) winding, twisted, crooked; highly involved, complex; devious

syn: circuitous, serpentine, labyrinthine

ant: direct, straight, straightforward

turgid

adj) swollen, bloated, filled to excess; overdecorated or excessive in language

syn: inflated, pompous, bombastic, overblown

ant: muted, understated, unadorned, austere

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