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abbreviated communication

abridge, compendium, cursory, curtail, syllabus, synopsis, terse

act quickly

apace, abrupt, headlong, impetuous, precipitate

assist

abet, advocate, ancillary, bolster, corroborate, countenance, espouse, mainstay, munificent, proponent, stalwart, sustenance

bad mood

bilious, dudgeon, irascible, pettish, petulant, pique, querulous, umbrage, waspish

beginner/amateur

dilettante, fledgling, neophyte, novitiate, proselyte, tyro

beginning/young

burgeoning, callow, engender, inchoate, incipient, nascent

biting (as in wit or temperament)

acerbic, acidulous, acrimonious, asperity, caustic, mordacious, mordant, trenchant

bold

audacious, courageous, dauntless

boring

banal, fatuous, hackneyed, insipid, mundane, pedestrian, platitude, prosaic, quotidian, trite

carousal

bacchanalian, debauchery, depraved, dissipated, iniquity, libertine, libidinous, licentious, reprobate, ribald, salacious, sordid, turpitude

changing quickly

capricious, mercurial, volatile

copy

counterpart, emulate, facsimile, factitious, paradigm, precursor, quintessence, simulated, vicarious

criticize/criticism

aspersion, belittle, berate, calumny, castigate, decry, defamation, denounce, deride/derisive, diatribe, disparage, excoriate, gainsay, harangue, impugn, inveigh, lambaste, objurgate, obloquy, opprobrium, pillory, rebuke, remonstrate, reprehend, reprove, revile, tirade, vituperate

death/mourning

bereave, cadaver, defunct, demise, dolorous, elegy, knell, lament, macabre, moribund, obsequies, sepulchral, wraith

denying of self

abnegate, abstain, ascetic, spartan, stoic, temperate

dictatorial

authoritarian, despotic, dogmatic, hegemonic, imperious, peremptory, tyrannical

difficult to understand

abstruse, ambiguous, arcane, bemusing, cryptic, enigmatic, esoteric, inscrutable, obscure, opaque, paradoxical, perplexing, recondite, turbid

disgusting/offensive

defile, fetid, invidious, noisome, odious, putrid, rebarbative

easy to understand

articulate, cogent, eloquent, evident, limpid, lucid, pellucid

eccentric/dissimilar

aberrant, anachronism, anomalous, discrete, eclectic, esoteric, iconoclast

embarrass

abash, chagrin, compunction, contrition, diffidence, expiate, foible, gaucherie, rue

equal

equitable, equity, tantamount

falsehood

apocryphal, canard, chicanery, dissemble, duplicity, equivocate, erroneous, ersatz, fallacious, feigned, guile, mendacious/mendacity, perfidy, prevaricate, specious, spurious

family

conjugal, con-sanguine, distaff, endogamous, filial, fratricide, progenitor, scion

favoring/not impartial

ardor/ardent, doctrinaire, fervid, partisan, tendentious, zealot

forgive

absolve, acquit, exculpate, exonerate, expiate, palliate, redress, vindicate

funny

chortle, droll, facetious, flippant, gibe, jocular, levity, ludicrous, raillery, riposte, simper

gaps/openings

abatement, aperture, fissure, hiatus, interregnum, interstice, lull, orifice, rent, respite, rift

generous/kind

altruistic, beneficent, clement, largess, magnanimous, munificent, philanthropic, unstinting

greedy

avaricious, covetous, mercenary, miserly, penurious, rapacious, venal

hardhearted

asperity, baleful, dour, fell, malevolent, mordant, sardonic, scathing, truculent, vitriolic, vituperation

harmful

baleful, baneful, deleterious, inimical, injurious, insidious, minatory, perfidious, pernicious

harsh-sounding

cacophony, din, dissonant, raucous, strident

hatred

abhorrence, anathema, antagonism, antipathy, detestation, enmity, loathing, malice, odium, rancor

healthy

beneficial, salubrious, salutary

hesitate

dither, oscillate, teeter, vacillate, waver

hostile

antithetic, churlish, curmudgeon, irascible, malevolent, misanthropic, truculent, vindictive

innocent/inexperienced

credulous, gullible, ingenuous, naive, novitiate, tyro

insincere

disingenuous, dissemble, fulsome, ostensible, unctuous

investigate

appraise, ascertain, assay, descry, peruse

lazy/sluggish

indolent, inert, lackadaisical, languid, lassitude, lethargic, phlegmatic, quiescent, slothful, torpid

luck

adventitious, amulet, auspicious, fortuitous, kismet, optimum, portentous, propitiate, propitious, providential, talisman

nag

admonish, cavil, belabor, enjoin, exhort, harangue, hector, martinet, remonstrate, reproof

nasty

fetid, noisome, noxious

not a straight line

askance, awry, careen, carom, circuitous, circumvent, gyrate, labyrinth, meander, oblique, serrated, sidle, sinuous, undulating, vortex

overblown/wordy

bombastic, circumlocution, garrulous, grandiloquent, loquacious, periphrastic, prolix, rhetoric, turgid, verbose

pacify/satisfy

ameliorate, appease, assuage, defer, mitigate, mollify, placate, propitiate, satiate, slake, sooth

pleasent-sounding

euphonious, harmonic, melodious, sonorous

poor

destitute, esurient, impecunious, indigent

praise

acclaim, accolade, aggrandize, encomium, eulogize, extol, fawn, laud/laudatory, venerate/veneration

predict

augur, auspice, fey, harbinger, portentous, presage, prescient, prognostic

prevent/obstruct

discomfort, encumber, fetter, forfend, hinder, impede, inhibit, occlude

smart/learned

astute, canny, erudite, perspicacious

sorrow

disconsolate, doleful, dolor, elegiac, forlorn, lament, lugubrious, melancholy, morose, plaintive, threnody

stubborn

implacable, inexorable, intractable, intransigent, obdurate, obstinate, recalcitrant, refractory, renitent, untoward, vexing

terse

compendious, curt, laconic, pithy, succinct, taciturn

time/order/duration

anachronism, antecede, antedate, anterior, archaic, diurnal, eon, ephemeral, epoch, fortnight, millennium, penultimate, synchronous, temporal

timid/timidity

craven, diffident, pusillanimous, recreant, timorous, trepidation

truth

candor/candid, fealty, frankness, indisputable, indubitable, legitimate, probity, sincere, veracious, verity

unusual

aberration, anomaly, iconoclast, idiosyncrasy

walking about

ambulatory, itinerant, peripatetic

wandering

discursive, expatiate, forage, itinerant, peregrination, peripatetic, sojourn

weaken

adulterate, enervate, exacerbate, inhibit, obviate, stultify, undermine, vitiate

wisdom

adage, aphorism, apothegm, axiom, bromide, dictum, epigram, platitude, sententious, truism

withdrawl/retreat

abeyance, abjure, abnegation, abortive, abrogate, decamp, demur, recant, recidivism, remission, renege, rescind, retrograde

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