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quiescent

adj. quiet; still; inactive

reticent

adj. not talking much; reserved

taciturn

adj. silent; sparing of words; close-mouthed

circumlocution

n. speaking in circles; round-about speech

colloquial

adj. pertaining to common everyday speech; conversational

diffuse

adj. spread out, not concise; wordy

digress

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

eloquence

n. artful ease with speaking; speech that can influence people's feelings

garrulous

adj. talkative; loquacious

loquacious

adj. very talkative; liking to talk; garrulous

prattle

vb. to speak on and on in a senseless and silly manner; to talk foolishly

ramble

vb. to talk on and on pointlessly, without clear direction (Teachers at GV)

rant

vb. to talk very loudly, even wildly; rave

rhetorical

adj. relating to speech that is used to persuade or have some effect; insincere in expression

verbose

adj. using too many words; wordy; long-winded

voluble

adj. talking a great deal with ease; glib

arrogant

adj. overbearing; proud; haughty

braggart

n. one who boasts a great deal

complacent

adj. self-satisfied; smug

contemptuous

adj. lacking respect; scornful

disdainful

adj. full of bitter scorn and pride; aloof

egotistical

adj. excessively self-absorbed; very conceited

haughty

adj. having great pride in oneself and dislike for others

insolent

adj. boldly disrespectful in speech or behavior; rude

narcissistic

adj. having to do with extreme self-adoration and a feeling of superiority to everyone

ostentatious

adj. having to do with showing off; pretentious

presumptuous

adj. too forward or bold; over-stepping proper bounds

pretentious

adj. claiming or pretending increased importance; ostentatious; affectedly grand

supercilious

adj. looking down on others; proud and scornful

swagger

vb. to walk around in a proud, showy manner; to boast in a loud manner

banal

adj. dull or stale because of overuse; trite; hackneyed

cliché

n. an idea or expression that has become stale due to overuse

derivative

adj. unoriginal; taken from something already existing

hackneyed

adj. made commonplace by overuse; trite hack, one who copies or imitates the work of others

insipid

adj. lacking flavor or taste, unexciting, bland

lackluster

adj. lacking vitality, energy, or brightness; boring

mundane

adj. commonplace; ordinary

platitude

n. quality of being dull; an obvious remark uttered as if it were original

prosaic

adj. dull; commonplace

trite

adj. unoriginal and stale due to overuse, relating to a cliché

vapid

adj. lacking freshness and zest; flat; stale

appease

vb. to make tranquil or quiet, especially by giving into another's demands; to pacify (to bribe)

conciliate

vb. to win a person over through special considerations or persuasive methods; reconcile

mediate

vb. to act as a go-between in settling conflicts or disputes between people or opposing sides

quell

vb. to quiet down

concise

adj. laconic, pithy, succinct, terse; short and to the point

grandiloquent

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

relieve

vb. allay, alleviate, ameliorate, assuage, mitigate, mollify, pacify, placate

brevity

n. shortness

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